We all have problems in our life, but some how life goes on. If you were to lose your closest friend, family member, or a loved one would you have the strength to go on Steel Magnolias is a great example of just that. Maline, is a mother in this movie that has to suffer the tragedy of losing her only daughter. Shelby is the name of Malines daughter. Shelby was a diabetic and wasnt physically able to withstand giving birth. She was told by her family and doctors that it wasnt worth taking the risk. Shelby had this to say about the whole thing, Id rather have 30 minutes of joy than a life time of nothing.

She uses that to explain to her mother Maline that she was going to take the risk of having a baby no matter how steep the risk was! We all take a risk or two in our life time. It can either pay off meaning you gain something, or end up a tragedy meaning you lose something. Unfortunately Maline did lose some thing, she lost her one and only daughter. Throughout the whole movie, certain aspects make Maline stand out as a strong big hearted women that held her daughter as her highest priority. Maline new in her heart that when Shelby had gotten pregnant it could only end bloody for her.

Shelby gave birth to a beautiful young healthy baby boy. Which they named Jack Jr. after the fraternal father Jack. Shelby finally did get the one and only thing that meant the most to her. Everything seemed to go well for Shelby and her family until right around Jack Jrs first birthday. I suppose it was Halloween night because Shelby was just about to take Jack Jr. to go trick or treating when she suddenly fainted and fell into a coma. Jack came home to a hysterical Jack Jr. only to find out the reason he was crying was because of his mom. Shelby never awoke from the coma they pulled the plug sometime later at the ospital.

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It did end bloody for Shelby, the pregnancy took a unforgiving toll on her. It did nothing but deteriorate her body. Not even a kidney transplant, which her mom donated to Shelby could keep her from destiny. It just goes to show you that God can take us at anytime, we just have to live everyday to the fullest, and never take anything for granted. Steel Magnolias is a great movie that really makes you take a look at what you have and just be grateful. In the last five years I have lost my Nina, a Grandpa, and a Grandma. I truly believe that in the saying, never take anything for granted.



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