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By Karen Longan—
MUNDAY—The little town with a big heart is broken. We have had our share of tragedies; some we will never forget and a few we will never get over. But how do we go forward knowing that there will forever be a gaping hole where a bouncy, giggling, stream of sunlight used to be? The loss of any child is unimaginable. It is my greatest fear. But this loss was not only a personal loss to a beautiful family whose roots go back to Munday’s beginning, it also seemed personal to everyone else. Store clerks, neighbors, classmates, people walking their dogs down the street, delivery men, teachers, cafeteria workers…everyone seemed to know and love Lexi.
I’ve been thinking about how a little 10-year-old girl could have such a profound impact on so many people and all I can figure out is that she was a little bit of Heaven on Earth. She seemed wise beyond her years in her capacity for compassion. She exuded pure joy. A person could feel a little better by just seeing her smile or hearing her laugh. She crammed a lot of love and joy and energy in her tiny little frame. And she made a difference.
We can give credit to her mom and dad, her brothers who doted on her, her cousins, her grandparents, aunts and uncles. I’ve never seen a big brother who looked after and loved his little sister more than Talan. The family’s love for her had a lot to do with who she was. But I think it was even more than that. I think God loaned her to all of us for a short while so that we could learn from her.
The only thing I know to do to honor Lexi is to try to find joy in each day, to look for good in all people and all things and to care for others. I need to remember to pray that God will comfort her family in the days and months ahead as only He can. And we must keep that little spark of Lexi alive in our hearts. If we do, we will be better people for it. She may not be bounding down my street anymore, but she is not gone. And she will never be forgotten. #livelifelikelexi