Sunday, 21 August 2011

In Remembery

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Yesterday I was sent news that a schoolfriend of mine had passed away. It was a shock - I never even knew she'd been seriously ill. I've been thinking about the past times we shared, remembering so many things...

She was a good friend and, briefly in our early teens, a formidable enemy. She was a really good artist. She once saved a hamster from the school bully. She was creative, sensitive, passionate... complicated. She had fears and flaws, as we all do. I'm sure she grew out of a lot of them. I'm sure she found new "grown up" fears and flaws to replace them. That's what being human is all about, after all.

We muddle along - we do the best we can - we die.

It sounds a bit grim put so bluntly, but it's not that way at all. Being alive is a huge, and wonderful tapestry of happenings, choices, paths rejected and journeys taken. A human life isn't a book, it's a whole series!

I only knew her for a portion of her childhood and teenage volumes. We lived in the same town and stopped to chat over our adult years, but that was more like flicking through a few pages than reading the entire book. I don't really know who she grew up to be. I don't know who she was when she died.

What I do know is that she was a part of my life for many years and I can't remember those years without remembering her.

That's why this tribute isn't "in memory", but

In Remembery


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For Jenni
1963 ~ 2011
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7 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your friend, Michelle. So many lives are spun in and around and intertwined with our own, aren't they. It's amazing to think about.

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  2. Thanks Daisy

    Very true what you said.

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  3. Condolences about your friend's passing. :-((( Life has so many unexpected surprises, doesn't it?

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  4. I'm sorry, Michelle.

    At these moments we get 'real' about what matters, and our hearts stop in tribute to the difficulty and ecstatic joy of our journeys through life.

    Like you say - it's complicated.

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  5. Amel

    ((thank you))

    Hi Hayden

    "our hearts stop" ... beautifully put.

    Best part of humans though - how complicated we are.

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  6. Thank you Michelle for a lovely rememberancy.
    You are right, she was a wonderful artist, I remember now.
    love janine x x

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  7. Hi Janine
    Thanks for replying. I've been remembering so much this week... so many good memories!

    Love (and a hug) to you :-)

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