Thursday, November 29, 2012
I am not trying to denigrate our efforts with this post. We are trying to be healthy and improve our lives. But sometimes things happen in the world around me that makes all this take a back seat.
About two years ago, a wonderful young woman graduated from the college where I teach. She died last night after fighting a losing battle with breast cancer. I hate cancer. This post will be a little rambling, so I apologize in advance. Stephanie Suratos was in my life briefly and peripherally, but her loss has shaken me to the core. For all the people who want to say "everything happens for a reason," please refrain from saying that to me. Her final post on facebook was "I love life." She truly did. She burned with a zest for life that ignited e...veryone around her. She was an artist. Her photographs are amazing. She was a friend. I listened to so many students yesterday telling stories about how she had touched their lives, held them up, inspired them, made them better people for knowing her. She didn't see obstacles; she saw opportunities. This young woman started her own advertising agency and was its head designer. When I think of her, I will always see in my mind the picture of her and Adam in the car, their beloved dog between them, her beautiful long hair blowing in the wind, and the most joyful expression on her face as she looked forward, always forward. Our hearts are broken because you are gone from us, but we know that you are already on your way to your next great adventure. Go with love. Part of you will remain in our hearts forever.
As she lay dying, I was transporting two dogs from our local kill shelter to a rescue/rehab group three and a half hours away. These dogs had been woefully neglected. They were seized because they had been kept in a small, dark, enclosed space where they lay in their own waste and the owner threw them scraps of food when he/she remembered to do so. Both dogs have been in the shelter for months and people had been working to gain their trust. They are still terrified of human beings. During the entire trip, they never uttered a sound. They don't want to call attention to themselves. It took two of us just to transfer them from one pet carrier to another. I hope this is the beginning of a better life for them. There are so many abandoned, neglected, abused animals at high kill shelters this time of year. They may not see another Christmas. If you are looking for a companion who will love you forever, visit your local shelter. Save a life.
Please remember how precious life is. Nurture it and celebrate it. Love to all my spark friends.