I Finally Got a CD . . .
* Update: The story of Nicole’s life has been made into a film, “Our Friend.” It is scheduled to be released in January, 2021 by Gravitas Ventures.
After I had known Nicole for a few months and heard her sing several times, I told her I really thought she should consider recording a CD. I’ve been around musicians enough to know great talent when I hear it, and Nicole definitely had the gift.
After five years, I finally received the CD I wanted, but not the way I wanted it at all.
As the huge crowd (was it 800? Could it have been 1,000 people?) filed out of First Baptist Church of Fairhope Thursday morning, the ushers handed everyone a CD our beautiful friend had recorded, just before she died of type IIIc ovarian cancer at age 36.
I wanted to tell you about this, since several of my readers have asked what happened to the young Mother from an earlier story I wrote for Gulf Coast Newspapers about Nicole Teague, who upon hearing her diagnosis and given a year and a half to live, did the unthinkable, and began to spread incredible joy, love and hope wherever she went. She put together a list of all the fun things she wanted to do before she died and got busy making memories.
Jumping into the fountain at the rose garden, learning to ride a Segway, and painting a big, happy heart on the side of the infamous graffiti overpass in Pensacola all brought laughter and hope to Nicole and her loyal group of friends.
When Nicole and I met for coffee one day to go over the details of the previous story, she was very clear that her one and only concern was the well being of her two young daughters. Still in elementary school, the girls have spent the last two years making irreplaceable memories with their mother, and have been left surprises by Nicole they will discover in the future.
One friend told how Nicole had two bronze casts made of her hands, so that if her children ever needed a hand to hold, they would have hers near and be able to remember her touch.
Nicole’s husband Matt, who is a foreign correspondent for the L.A. Times, said he could spend a lifetime writing an entire library full of books, and would still never be able to describe how wonderful his wife of 15 years was. Nicole had told me months ago that Matt was her rock, and his love made her complete.
I left the church, and immediately put the CD in my car’s stereo, expecting to hear music. But before the songs began, Nicole’s soft southern voice began speaking, explaining that the pain of cancer had led her down a path to loving and trusting God more than ever before. Throughout this terrible disease, God was able to use Nicole’s story to reach others who desperately needed Him.
Amazed and surprised by her joy, strangers have been led to want to know more about Nicole’s faith and how they too can find the “peace that passes all understanding.”
Sitting in the carpool line that afternoon in the pouring rain, Nicole’s voice filled the car and I thanked God for allowing me to know her. I have a feeling I wasn’t the only one that day who listened to the CD and thought the exact same thing.
To read the first story about Nicole, CLICK HERE.
The “Nicole fights cancer” photo is from Lyn Taylor Photography in Mobile. I couldn’t find the name of the person who took the “graffiti” photo. Please let me know if it is yours and I will give you credit. Thank you.