The older I get the more I find myself appreciating and practicing the rituals of the original Steel Magnolia, Estelle Elayne Butler Bryant, my mother. She was born on March 3, 1933 (that’s right, 3-3-33) in her family home and raised and settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, She was adored by everyone: babies, children, my high school and college friends, her friends, OUR ENTIRE FAMILY, the community, politicians, entertainers. After one meeting, people remembered her vividly. When she died in December 2005 my then 7 year old daughter remarked, “Lanee was like fairy dust, Mommy – she leaves sparkles every she went and everybody she talked to. She’s always right here”.
In this blog I honor her memory, her faith, her love of life, laughter, unity and all things beautiful.
As her eldest daughter(I’m a first born twin) her legacy lives on through us all who remember her. I just want to share her legacy, that God given grace to always make my sphere of influence a better place.
By His Grace,
Sharon Elayne Bryant Zimmerman