Monday, March 22, 2010

In loving memory...

I just learned this morning that my dear friend Lynnette, who had been my children's teacher when we lived on Shaw Island, finally succumbed to her liver cancer last week.

I'm very glad I had a chance to visit with her before she left us, and to see her radiant spirit one last time. But I confess I'm devastated. How odd we humans are, that even knowing death is inevitable, even seeing it in a face, we are so shocked when it arrives to carry off those we love.

I had intended to write today about the difference between disillusionment and disenchantment (a fascinating study I discovered in Transitions), or perhaps about faithfulness, which is this week's prompt at the one word at a time blog carnival; or maybe even both.

But instead I think I'll just stop here and allow myself to grieve... perhaps this is why I found myself writing two extra blogposts yesterday, so I could be free this morning just to feel. Perhaps these will be my subjects tomorrow; who knows. Til then, I leave you with the image that surfaced this morning -- from my junkyard visit last week. I suspect it's here to remind me that beauty can still be found when usefulness is gone and disintegration begins.

She was an amazing woman, and I loved her dearly, both for our friendship and for the incredible gift of learning she gave my children; my heart goes out to her husband, whose faithful care of her these last couple of years has been a truly beautiful thing to see.

6 comments:

Maureen said...

Words take on such color
paled at loss pronounced.
Morning's skittering revelry strikes
dull notes;
the evening's looks hold
the grief unsaid,
spun thread to thread
in silence
as His hand falls
to you with love.

May peace be with you in your sorrow, dear friend.

M.L. Gallagher said...

May your heart find solace in the gifts of Love she has left behind.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugs

Louise

Jayne said...

May light perpetual shine upon her and may her family feel embraced by love and warmth.

SUNRISE SISTER said...

May your grief be filled with memories of your friend's life and how her presence in yours made a difference for you.

xo

Joyce Wycoff said...

Diane ... I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. As much as we struggle to figure out this mystery of life and death and accept the inevitable seasons as part of the mystery, it doesn't stop the pain when someone we love moves beyond the realm where we can see, touch and talk with them.

Namaste.

KimQuiltz said...

So sorry to hear that your friend is gone. Love and peace to you, dear friend...