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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Flying without Yvonne

It has taken me some time to process that fact that Yvonne Merriweather is no longer on earth. The news hit me hard. I know not as hard as her family, but it hurt. She was a warrior. She was the epitome of dignity, grace, and courage under the most difficult circumstances. a Lifetime movie should be made about her.

A group of us went to her memorial. As strange as it sounds, I was still in denial. That was until I saw the hearse. And then I saw her. I never saw her still before. She was always doing a million things. the one thing she always made time for was her family. She raved about her husband and her girls all of the time.

She was a true friend. She told it like it was without apologies. She offered advice when you wanted it and when you didn't. But she gave it with love.

We shared many miles on the pavement. I was her very cute sidekick running with her as she trained for her marathons. Lots of secrets, political debates, fashion tips, running gadget talk, and other stuff was shared. She talked me into running the Marine Corps marathon after I had sworn off marathons. She was not able to run the race with me, but she was out there in full form along the route cheering us on. She even walked us to the start line and was waiting at the end.

She ran two half marathons in November. She ran through her cancer treatments, severely reduced lung capacity, and other issues that would have kept us mere mortals at bay. She was a true Diva Warrior.

The priest told us that Yvonne's part of the race is over. She has passed the baton on to those of us who dare to pick it up. I am one of those who am taking up the challenge. Her smile will forever be etched in my memory.


Losing Someone is an initiation

Our life Changes

It is not going to be the same again.

All of our relations with other people 
and ourselves are forced to shift.
We become a new person.
Although a part of our heart breaks,
the spirit of the departed remains. 
Though that spirit continues to flow,
helping us to show us the way,.. if we allow it,
to the higher states of grace and wisdom
we were born to reach. 

-- Sobunfu Some --

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