Well, it was quite a Christmas Day. I didn’t know what to expect. I expected the worse. I got the best. I did have some sad tears but mostly they were happy tears. My phone started pinging away really early in the morning. I am sure it was many of my East Coast friends who were wishing me a Merry Christmas. Then everyone else started at a more normal time. I cannot believe everyone who remembered me and my family today. It was surprising to me wondrous (is that a word). I had no idea that I would receive so many text messages, emails, Facebook messages and even Twitter messages. They all had the same thought … Merry Christmas … thinking of you and your family … we miss Amanda… take care of yourself… we are here if you need us … and so much more!! Truly .. this rekindles my spirit in the compassion of people. I had most of Amanda’s close friends message me in some form (even one from Hawaii where she was vacationing). There were also other friends who have been contacting me. As I said yesterday, Amanda’s friends have come around bearing treats and there are others who will be visiting after Christmas.
So I still ask myself the questions … Why all the attention still for Amanda? Was she truly special? Was her message that strong? Was it God’s way? News articles are still being written. This coming week should be interesting when other news agencies start chronicling the Highlights of 2012, especially in the U.S. If anyone sees anything, forward them as a comment here.
As I watched the You Tube video made by the artist Michael Bell, I was amazed at the enthusiasm and interest of all the students in that particular school (as Michael says in the video) who lined up wanting to add their hand print to the mural. The mural is waiting for me at the offices of the Vancouver Sun. I can’t wait to see it. I want to see if I can send Amanda Todd/Stay Strong bracelets to the school or the class as a token of gratitude that they thought of my daughter Amanda enough to do this for her. Once again, I am amazed and awed.
Also today on my Facebook, I posted the following status: