August 14, 2014 Evening

by Robyn Bryant


August 14, 2014 Evening

 

 

This has been a really busy week so far and will only get busier tomorrow...tonight, as I was going in and out of the garage a couple of times...I thought about the pictures I placed on the table that I see multiple times a day near that door..There is one of me and Christian and Bailey when Bailey was a newborn...a picture I treasure and love, but Christian looks so serious in the picture...I have noticed that a lot of the pictures I love...Christian has a serious look...I love the ones that capture her beautiful smile and laugh too....but the fact is...Christian was a very serious child, youth and young adult....I often heard, she is shy...I would say, No, she is not shy, she is quiet.  She never hesitated to participate in public speaking from the time she was very young...that is not someone who is shy.  At this very moment, I do not remember when Jane Henegar first taught Christian (sometime in Middle School) at Girls Preparatory School (GPS) in Chattanooga.  But what I do remember was she was the very first teacher at this point that verbalized understanding of Christian.  In comments on Christian’s grades, she said something similar, if not identical to this...”I love how Christian sits back and really listens and only speaks when she has something important to say.”  I had so many teachers say, she does not talk enough, etc.. Christian did fine in Middle School at GPS, but she excelled in High School...She was a listener...that was true throughout her life and her cancer treatment (if only the residents knew her comments when she left the room...that’s how “The List” was started).  Something interesting to note, I was so pleased with Jane Henegar’s comments...but she was something of an icon in my mind...she intimidated me slightly (not easy to do)...Jane and I shared a few emails during Christian’s years at GPS...but I never had a conversation with her face to face until after Christian was diagnosed with Leukemia.  It may have been sooner, but I don’t think so, Jane, correct me if I am wrong...I stopped her one day and introduced myself and we sat on a bench and just chatted.  I found a true friend...one that will last a life time...someone that we wanted be part of Christian’s funeral and share a Eulogy.  I guess, my point is...Christian was a gift to our family, I was blessed to be her Mother...but so many others shared her and Jane Henegar touched all of our lives...Jane, The Bryants will forever love you! - Robyn Bryant