Today is such a very emotional day for millions of people across the world, but even more so for Vanessa Bryant and her family.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter died alongside seven others in a tragic helicopter crash in California on January 26th 2020, and as hard as it was to believe that it happened, it’s even harder to believe that it has been a year already.
On Tuesday, Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram and shared a beautiful letter she got from Aubrey Callaghan, a close friend of Gianna’s.
“Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey. I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you),” said Bryant.
“Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here. My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too.
“I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!”
The letter from Aubrey read: “My mind constantly thinks of your beautiful daughter. Her smile and attitude push me to be better.
“You have probably heard this, but if ever become a mom, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did.”
“There are times I get into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could’ve accomplished had she had a couple more years. But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth.
“Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider their opinions, she along with Mr Bryant, set the wheels in motion. But on a lower level, on behalf of every person who came across her, I can say that she changed our lives. Her simple actions made all of us a better person, and I believe that the results of this will never stop appearing.”
She would finish the letter by praising Vanessa as a mother.
“I hope in the midst of your intense sadness you catch a glimpse of joy in who the daughter you created and raised was. You did it right Mrs. Bryant, and we are all eternally grateful to you.
“I am so, so blessed I got to have time with your angel of a daughter, and thank you for giving me that chance. I love you and am thinking of you as we remember and honor her life.”