I‘m writing this from a Starbucks in Columbus, Georgia. I made a very quick and very mysterious trip south. A secret mission of honor and happiness to help celebrate the 90th birthday of Lillian Champion. I met Lillian after she contacted me via email following the publication of some column about my father that I wrote for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Lillian said we had a shared background of grief — her daughter, Marjorie, was killed in the 911 attack on the Pentagon.
A journalist. A historian. An avid reader. A devoted mother. A doting grandmother and great-grandmother. Well, here, listen to what one Georgia Legislator resolved, as read by Lillian’s grandson, John:
Do you have a Lillian in your life?