You may not see the words you write
but you write them so beautifully
You may not see the picture image
but you describe it so perfectly
You may not see our smiling faces
as we read the words you write
You see the world like no one does
through your heart, you give us sight
We love you Jena
My message is no better, and no more special, than anyone else's. Everybody in this forum expresses themselves beautifully in their love and respect for Melinda. We can do no less, when she brought so many of us out of darkness, shining the softest yet most brilliant of lights until we could do nothing else but open our eyes to see it.
We (the backups) are in an unique time, place, and position. We are so blessed to have been brought together by Melinda, and inspired to life-changing actions by her. This time in our history and her career is connected, this forum, this group of people, is bonded in a way I don't know that anybody outside of it can understand or appreciate. Everybody just cherish it, take lots of pictures and video, print these threads, do something to tangibly savor all of this, because fifty years from now, it may be hard to explain to your great-grandchildren how it was. I can't think of a good example, but the closest I get is like, if you were around when Barry Gordy Jr. was founding Motown, or you were around for the Civil Rights movement, or you went to the Monterey Pop Festival and saw all those 60s icons who weren't yet icons, and if you were able to realize you were a part of something legendary. Melinda has brought us together and inspired us to be better people, and now we're embarking on the mission of making a better world, meanwhile watching her dreams come true. It's just an honor to be here, right now, with everybody. WE are special, (not me, not at all), WE are, all of us together.
Thank you, Melinda, thank you so much for giving us ... all of this. I don't know how else to say it.
I don't know how to say what is in my head; it doesn't look right written here, but I think everybody who reads it will understand even if I didn't make it clear. If you're a backup, you get it.