I love you, I miss you…

Steve Irwin wrote his autobiography, The Crocodile Hunter, in 2001, just a year after the death of his mother.  His dedication to her is heartbreaking:

I’m dedicating this book, and my life, to my mum. I loved my mum more than anything in the world. She nurtured, protected, and loved me all my life. Lyn Irwin was a true “Australian Pioneer Woman,” dedicating her entire life to the rehabilitation and conservation of both the wildlife and her family. Every single day she worked and toiled to save injured and orphaned joeys while maintaining a happy healthy Irwin clan.

Oh gosh! I miss you, Mum. I miss you every minute of every day, and the pain of losing you tears my heart out. But I’ll stay strong, I promise you I’ll stay strong– for it was you who taught me to be a “Wildlife Warrior.”

You worked with me for thirty-eight years to help me become the man I am today. You suckled me, changed my nappy, packed me off to school, blessed me with a career that is my whole life, cried with me when my pet snake died, belted me with your shoe when I was really naughty, fought for me, protected me, pushed me forward when the going got tough, and raised me to fight for the preservation of wildlife until the day I die.

I’ve adopted your strength, your passion and enthusiasm, your dedication and commitment, and will honor your presence by continuing to push forward as hard and fast as I possibly can, to ensure the survival of our precious wildlife, the wilderness, and in essence, the human race. For without fresh water, trees, animals, and ecosystems, the world we now know would not support human life; it would be an ugly, awful place. The spirit of Lynette Leslie Irwin, Lyn Irwin, my mum, lives forever. Every time you see a sick, injured, orphaned animal, you’ll see Lyn. I love you, I miss you, I long to be reunited with you.

~Steve

He was reunited with her just five years later.

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