Billie Breland taught school for 40 years, and she always wrote notes. Every photo on the walls of her home was documented with a note. She noted funny things that happened, or things she wanted to remember, all in the perfect cursive handwriting of a school teacher. Her devoted husband Jim was a minister who had preached in almost every Baptist church in the Mississippi Delta. They were newlyweds for sixty years, and when Billie took a fall after Thanksgiving last year, Jim stayed by her side in the hospital to take care of her, right up until the night she died.
Hundreds crowded into the funeral home on the night of visitation, to celebrate a life well-lived. But Jim still had to wrestle with the loss of his sidekick for over six decades. Little did he know that Billie, always thinking of others before herself, had found a way to ease his pain.
A few days later, when he opened her checkbook, he found she'd left him a note. Here it is.