The very first time I laid eyes on sweet Bernadette I felt the ripple. Sure, I had no idea just how big it would get or how far it would travel, but my gut told me that this girl was special. She didn't have words, nor did she need any, because her eyes spoke volumes. I knew without a doubt that she needed me, but what I didn't know is how much I would come to need her.
Over a year into our friendship, my life was unexpectedly turned upside down. Paralyzed with fear and uncertainty, there were days I didn't want to get out bed. But every morning, like clockwork, B would loudly announce her arrival outside my bedroom window, forcing me to press pause on my pity party and serve her breakfast. Some days, these were the only times I got out of bed.
I gave Bernadette worms, love, and friendship. And while that seems like a lot, it was nothing in comparison to what she gave me - love, friendship, courage, bravery, hope, and the thing I cherish the very most...all of you. In a way, it's as if Bernadette spoke to me through each of you - sending words of encouragement that always pulled me out of the dark.
I'm writing this, a few hours before her story goes on sale, with tears steaming down my face...in the ugly cry sort of way. I am so grateful to you, my Bernadette family, for your unwavering support, love, and encouragement, both for myself and B. Thank you seems so incredibly inadequate. It is such a huge honor that Bernadette chose me, and all of you, to tell her story, and I can't wait to see just how far her ripple will reach.
Today, not only are you purchasing a book, you are spreading tolerance, love, and the true meaning of beauty. And, because I know our sweet girl would want to pay it forward, a portion of each sale will be donated to the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, giving them the means to help animals, just like Bernadette, who are in need.