London Wanted to Help the Monkeys

London spent New Year's and the week before her death with my family in Austin, Texas. During this visit, we went to the Austin Zoo. She could not stop talking about the monkeys. All she wanted to see were the monkeys. While there, I shared with her that we were planning to do some sort of addition to the tortoise exhibit, as a memorial to her great- grandmother, who passed away a few months ago, and loved tortoises...In passing, she said, "When I die, can you do that for the monkeys for me?  They need a bigger cage."... She was 10, so of course I jokingly told her that she would outlive me, and that she should let her future kids know this, so they can do it for her. We then laughed about how old I was, and I honestly didn't think about this conversation much, until after we heard the news that she was gone...We, as a family, will be working with the Austin Zoo to do some sort of upgrade to the monkey enclosure in her honor, but a friend suggested that many people loved her, and others may want to help us do this for her...We don't need funds for her funeral, or anything like that. This is being put out there simply because I want to honor her last request to me, even though I'm sure she didn't know how real it would be...She was technically my niece, but she was a sister to my kids, and like a daughter to me. We're all just at a loss for what else to do to make sense of what's happened to her...... (Since this is starting to reach people who don't know the family, London, along with her mother and sister, we're murdered in Boerne, Texas, a few days after New Year's).

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