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Sunday, March 16, 2014

In Memorial

Wednesday afternoon, I was at Lowes when I got the call.
Mark was with me, saw me start to collapse, and ran across the store,
 barely keeping me on my feet.
As soon as I could breathe again, I told him what had happened, 
and he took my car keys from me.
My younger sister, Jennifer, had had a massive heart attack
and was gone.
Bright, funny, and popular, she was also beautiful.
We grew up at the beach and were always tanned and sporting
bleached out hair from hours in the sun.
 Jen married her childhood sweetheart a couple months after my wedding...
 ...and my nephew, Chip, is just 4 months younger than Samwow.
He's a little older now.

 My niece is a Junior in high school and has been college shopping
with her mom, so they spent Jen's last few weekends together alone.
Athough she was in a meeting at the hospital where she was head of HR,
we still lost her at the way-too-young age of 49.
There will be a lot less laughter in this world without her.


La Vie Quotidienne said...

Oh Sunny, I am so, so sorry. What a tragic loss.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Sunny, I'm so sorry and my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful sister. I know first hand what a difficult and painful loss that is. Prayers of peace and comfort go out to you and your family. She will always be with you.

Vicki@MorePowerfulBeyondMeasure said...

I am so, so sorry! Broke my heart reading your post. I never had a sister, but I can only imagine your the deep pain. Will pray for your comfort. Smile for her!

Unknown said...

You and your family have my deepest sympathy. May the precious memories you have of your sister sustain you during this difficult time. Remember the bible says, Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted.

Little Bitty Damn Houze

Kay said...

Sunny, words are so inadequate at times like this. You are in my heart. Remember to breathe.

In light,

Deb said...

Oh Sunny...I'm so sorry...Love and hugs to you.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Sunny. What an awful shock!! Sending you some hugs during this difficult time.

Dharma said...

Today is my baby sister's birthday. I can only feel the enormity of your loss and send love and hugs across the cosmos. I am so very sorry Sunny.

Unknown said...

Oh, Sunny...
Be extra kind to yourself, OK?
This sucks.

-Heather R., the Real Leopardstripes

Judie said...

Dear Sunny,

I am so sorry for your loss. Having said that, I must tell you how lucky you were to have a sister with whom you were so close. My own sister died several years ago from leukemia, and I didn't even know she was ill until she was in a coma and on the verge of death. I also didn't know just how much she disliked me until her husband told me that she didn't want me to know she was dying because it would mean that I had "won." I never knew that there was a competition between us. So please be happy for all the good times you had together, and how you loved each other. It is such a gift. I wish I had had that.

Michelle L. said...

Dearest Sunny and family, I am so very sorry. Thank you for sharing the amazing pictures and beautiful feelings about your sweet sister, what a cool and incredible person. Thinking of you, so very hard to have this happen in its shocking suddenness. Take care, love, m

Unknown said...

Sunny, keep your memories close and take care of those around you especially your mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.

Anonymous said...


Any lesser woman would have been crushed by the last few years.... Good thing you are not a Lesser woman!

One day we will re-connect!