Lion King kind of wrecked me. I cried off and on from beginning to end. Here’s why…
1. Not only was it the first movie Russell Peterson and I saw together, it was when I first admitted (to myself) I was irrevocably in love with him. And he was on track to be a priest so it felt a little doomed.
2. This is the first time I’ve allowed myself to watch it since he died.
3. The symbolism of life, death, purpose, passing the torch, and so much more has always been enough for me to write a book.
4. The dad dying tragically and suddenly, leaving his kid, is way too close to home.
5. The belief that we carry on the mission and the love of those who’ve died is powerfully alive as I strive to create a life in which I can bring change to the world. That was Russell’s greatest desire – to make a difference.
6. I just really miss Russ tonight as I had a great evening with two of our kids. That all of my kids still like and seek to spend time with me is one of my greatest joys and gratitude’s.
7. I know Russell would be so proud of the adults our kids are growing into and I hope someday they can really believe that too.
8. I feel emotional things so deeply sometimes, even if it’s “just” fiction. To me, who has a very active imagination, even fiction becomes real for at least a little while.
Circle of life! 💖💖💖💖