Lena Kathryn Smith was a light that shone bright in the lives of so many people. For me, she was my mama and my family. This is a tribute to her.
When I gave birth to Meggy at the age of 12, I looked into her little face and envisioned her graduation from the 8th grade. That was as high as I could imagine. This singular powerful image in the midst of an extremely difficult time had a profound effect on the course of my life.