Of course, this is not the birthday we would wish for our friend Mechele, but it is what it is, and I would like to acknowledge her. It's been a tough year, but she has held up with grace and humanity. She is strong. She is kind. She will make it through this with deeper understanding and compassion for all.
Last year, I flew to Alaska for Mechele's birthday during her trial. I brought my young son. We all stayed together in a hotel suite. My son got sick. Many people got sick, but he was the first. It was bad. Stomach flu. It was coming out everywhere. I felt awful on many levels. But Mechele was Mechele. We had come there to support her, and she was cleaning up my kid's puke at 2:00am during her murder trial. When I apologized, she said, "Oh I'm just glad we could help you. You know, you're family." That's just who she is.
Happy Birthday, Mechele.