Sunday, July 14, 2013

Comings and Goings



In a small town like Capitol Hill, word gets around fast - Laurie has died. She was a grade school art teacher, glass artist, founding member of The Corner Store and the Hill Havurah. She was part of the soul of Capitol Hill and though she suffered terribly from the cancer, I'm still sad she is gone.

She was also a client. Which explains why I'm feeling kind of blue this evening.

A lingering cough this morning was all that remained of the Ailment from last week. But I had dinner at the Matchbox bar tonight, noticed as I left that every remnant of congestion and urge to cough had disappeared. That place is a healing mecca for me.

The point of this being, life goes on. People are born, they die. In between, life goes on.

And so now to the work of grieving Laurie - with the rest of my community - and to the week ahead.

Life might be long, but it also might be cut short. We can not know and no one can predict. All those things you hear over and over - about seizing the moment because you never know what's ahead? Every one of those aphorisms is absolutely true.

Carpe diem, y'all - before it's too late!


5 comments:

Pam said...

Beautiful photos Reya. Wow- fancy being described at the soul of Capitol Hill - such a compliment to a person who sounds talented and productive. Seems a certainty that Laurie will live on in peoples' hearts and minds.

Pam said...

Beautiful photos Reya. Wow- fancy being described at the soul of Capitol Hill - such a compliment to a person who sounds talented and productive. Seems a certainty that Laurie will live on in peoples' hearts and minds.

Aaron Surin said...

Wow! Very nice photos. As I know there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.


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Steve Reed said...

I'm sorry to hear about Laurie, but I'm glad your own cough has subsided. Carpe diem, indeed.

Reya Mellicker said...

She wasn't THE soul, but a part of the soul of our community. She was a very pure person. I miss her already.