Sunday, April 26, 2009

It is the end of the day - and the end of a battle.

I've been wandering aimlessly for the last four hours. That's because four hours ago I learned that a friend of ours, whom we have known for 24 years, who was fighting cancer, lost her battle. She passed away this morning, at home surrounded by her husband and grown children.

I can only sit in silence. I'm listening to the sounds of spring peepers and the rain. Only nature can comfort me now. She and her husband both come from very large families, so I imagine they are being overloaded with phone calls and making arrangements.

Helen was made of pixiedust. A wonderful mom, wife and friend, who was taken way too young. With her red hair and Irish heritage, she was part leprachaun. She was always smiling and laughing.

Be alive now. Don't wait. Risk caring. Risk loving. Risk giving. Risk sharing.


  1. Wandering aimlessly - that is something I do myself - mostly to relax and reflect on good things. I hope it brings some peace and comfort with you.

    Helen's pixiedust will always be with you - actually it seems like I can see some sprinkled on this page.

    Take care

  2. I am truly sorry about her. Keep her memory alive and be alive.

  3. Losing a loved one is the most difficult thing in the world. It takes us away from our own lives for an indefinite amount of time as each of us grieves in our own peculiar way. You’ve given the greatest advice here…risk. Risk knowing, for the bonds we establish are immeasurable.

  4. I'm very sorry for the grief you are surely experiencing.