They strike me as so poignant. She understood that everyone thought she was gone, and all the time she knew she wasn't "gone" at all. She was still here. How many times did she think those words? "I'm here. I'm here. I'm here."
Then she said three more beautiful words: "I'm free now."
"I'm here. I'm free now."
You could quote Shakespeare and Browning and Longfellow all day long and you would find no words more beautiful than these.
Amanda, welcome back. You seem like an amazing person. So strong - to have held on to who you are all these years. To have given birth and raised and loved your daughter in your prison. How long you have waited to break free. How long you have waited to say those words. I'm here. I'm free now.
Amanda, I am so very very glad that You're Here. Michelle and Gina, welcome back to the world. I hope it will treat you with nothing but kindness now.