Tomorrow is speech day. I have the speech written, and I've read it aloud and practiced it about 50,000 times because it started out too long and had to be cut down.
So far, I'm not very nervous, but I know I will get that way between now and 3 p.m., tomorrow. I just have to remember, "You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think," as Christopher Robin said to Pooh.
I started working on my speech Sunday night, but today when I was at my part-time job I noticed tomorrow's date. It's March 11, seven months since we found out that Jenna had died. I knew then that I had to rewrite my speech to reflect that, and I did.
I can't believe it's been seven months, and I can't believe I'm going to get to honor her memory by making a speech to change the laws. Please wish me luck that I do well and honor her memory gracefully and powerfully.
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