This is Lorraine.
Isn't she beautiful? She is my stepmother. Well, technically she stopped being my stepmother around 1996 when she and my dad divorced. But in my heart she will always be my stepmother. It doesn't really matter what her marriage license said, she is mine.
Today is her birthday, she would have been 58. She passed away almost 3 years ago from breast cancer. It seems insanely wrong that she is no longer here. She was far too young, had far too much living left to do.
Like I said, I don't have the words to really explain what her presence in my life has meant to me. I only know that I was very very blessed to have her for as long as I did.
Happy Birthday Lorraine, I love you. Thanks for everything.