In Memory of M.J.

A place is empty in my house today. A space is empty in my heart forever. Neither can be filled by anyone but you M. J. You were and always will be another famous M. J. Like Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Mick Jagger, Magic Johnson, and all the other famous MJ is of the world. you were the star of my life, and I shared you with the world to love. Your love saved my mother and me during a dark time in our lives. I love you now and always will. Your daughter Joy yearns for your presence, she misses you too. We will comfort each other in love, but our hearts will forever ache for your love. Goodbye, My Precious Boy.

In life we never know what is ahead, GOD does. In Feb, 1997 GOD told me to acquire someone of my own in my life to love. Being a single woman with no children, He knew my heart could not handle the pain ahead.. GOD brought M.J. into my life.

I got my beautiful salt-n-pepper miniature schnauzer on a Saturday, by Sunday morning I was already in love with him. The only name that came to mind was that of my only sibling, my brother, Michael Jerome. We both shared the same love of animals as children, having owned a schnauzer during our childhood. He mimicked the mannerisms of the spirit of my brother; serious, quiet, loving, and very protective.

One month later, after daily phone conversations with my brother regarding M.J., I took him to MS to meet his namesake and his Grandmother for the first time. It was a magical connection. I knew that my brother had already loved him even before they met, but the real surprise was the love shown by my Mom. You see my Mom never cared much for pets. She tolerated the existence of our childhood pet be/ca my Grandmother bought him for us. Nevertheless, she and my brother both bonded with him instantly. He had that kind of loving affect on everyone who met him.

One month later, we returned to MS. to pick up my Mom for mother’s day visit w/ us in Atlanta. GOD sent me home a week earlier than planned. He knew that my brother would be leaving our home to go to His mansion in heaven. That Saturday night, GOD transitioned my brother from our world. It left us hardened, empty, saddened, hurt, lost and alone. Our hearts were broken for the loss of my brother Michael Jerome Allen. Somehow, someway, GOD’s gift of M.J. helped to ease the burden of our sorrow. We transferred our love and emotions to M.J.

M.J. took on a lot of tears, hurt, pain, sadness, and sorrow, but he turned it into laughter, smiles, and love. He got us through this dark time during the loss of my beloved brother.

GOD knows the exact level of all our burdens we can bear. He knew my Mom, Peggy Joy had reached her capacity. In Sept of 1998, He felt her heart could take no more. He called her home to be with Him.

My world was black. How can I live without my Mom? She was my life, my world, my best friend, my rock. Somehow, GOD got me thru the nights, and helped me find my way thru the grief. “WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING”

Well, I already had my brother’s presence in M.J.; all I needed now was my Mom. One year later, I bred M.J. and brought home a perfect baby girl who looked just like him. Of course, you know what I named her; Peggy “Joy “. So now, I had my family back. Over the next 15 years there were hard times and hard aches, good times and good days. However, the love of my two babies got me through it all. Everyone knew Joy and M.J. made my world.. I could not love them anymore if they were human. That is the way I treated them.

Now the years have passed and the Angles have come again to take away my Big Boy, my heart, my baby, my M.J.

M.J. lived the life of Riley, for he was a precious jewel in my life. He lived a long, happy, healthy, and pampered life. His life personified dignity. It was my job, as a loving Mom, to allow his passing to be the same HE IS NOW:

IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO NIGHT
IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO SICKNESS;
IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO CRYING;
IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO WEEPING:
IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO PAIN;
IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO DEATH……….
M.J. IS IN “ DREAM LAND “……… M.J. IS IN GOD’S HANDS…

REST IN PEACE! I LOVE YOU BABY SO MUCH!
YOUR MOM and Daughter,
GAIL ALLEN
BABY JOY