I was born into a small family and raised in south Louisiana. My parents were young and active, loving and very attentive of my sister and I. We were raised on rock-n-roll! My mother always had the most delicious vegetable garden and my dad hunted and brought home venison and duck. We weren't wealthy, but Mom and Dad worked hard to make sure my sister and I had as close to a storybook childhood as possible. They will always be my heroes.
At 19, I moved to Oregon and remained there for 14 years. After having several miscarriages, I was blessed with a daughter. When she was 11 months old, I moved the two of us back to Louisiana. My daughter is my pride and joy. She is beautiful, very smart (honor roll), a great artist, loving, an excellent writer, and quite funny! She was even voted student of the year In the 5th grade, by the teachers of her elementary school.
When I was between 6 & 7 years old I began to fall in love with Michael. I am 48 now, so that was a long time ago. I grew up watching Michael become a generous, loving, concerned and beautiful human. I have never considered myself to be religious, but spiritual, yes. Michael has always been at the heart of that spirituality. I have always believed that he had the ancient soul of an angel with the curious heart of a child. I am teaching my daughter just like my parents taught us: to be responsible, respectful, and independant. My mom taught me to always follow my heart and always think for myself. This is the message I've worked so hard to get through to my daughter. Being a faithful follower and beautiful believer of Michael my whole life, has kept me feeling warm, hopeful, and perseverant inside.
This past year was very rough for me. I lost my last grandmother on June 21st, then I lost Michael on June 25th, then 7 months later I lost Dad. My already small family got smaller. A big part of what kept me going, other than the support and love of family, was researching and writing my book. It isn't easy getting the truth out about Michael, when so many would rather read sensational lies. However, I know the truth, and I won't give up. Gandhi said, "Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth."