I'm so proud to be able to share with you my very first guest column.
When I created this blog in March, my objective was always to share not only my own writing, but I also wanted to provide a voice to those who otherwise wouldn't have one.
I'm thrilled and honored to present to you the very first guest column on kjosbigmouth.com.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I did work with the author on editing the piece, she'd never written anything before in her life. But her truth, rawness, and maginficent spirit just blew me away.
Following her story, I'll share some more important information on this magnificent warrior.
Until then, I hope you enjoy her heroic story of terror, hope, joy, strength and the extraordinary power of love.
I'm so honored to share with you...
Lena's Last Stand
by Lena Zeller
"Judge me all you want but keep the verdict to yourself"
Our eyes met in the mirror.
I've never seen her look more beautiful in her entire life than she did at that moment. We both knew this dress was "the one". I was shocked and mortified to realize I was sobbing with loud abandon, drawing stares from the other customers in the store. I knew I was doing the ugly cry, which is completly out of character for me, but how could I not?
I wanted to explain that my hysteria wasn't simply because shopping for your child's wedding dress is one of the most important, powerful, joyous, and special experiences a mother could ever share with her daughter.
I wanted to let these impossibly lucky women understand how blessed they were. That my tears were the result of being slammed out of no where by a brick wall of sorrow, grief, terror and deep, bone-chilling regret.
Because I now know I'll never see her wear this dress again. (And not just due to the fact that she's groom-less.)