Friday, February 02, 2007

Remembering Jackie

When I started this blog, I intended it to be something else than what it is turning out to be. I guess life is just funny that way.

I'm slowly getting over my cold and actually went to sleep right after an early dinner last night. Unfortunately, my spirits aren't very high due to this nagging cough. In any case, when I opened my email box this morning, hit me like a ton a bricks...

Someone had sent me a blog about my former neighbor's 5 month struggle with brain tumor, a battle which she lost just last night. She leaves behind a young son and fortunately in the hands of caring family members who will take care of him.

Jackie was a quiet and unassuming single mom who lived about a block away from us. Because we lived in a homeowner's association, we along with 318 other homes in the area were all connected to the same community. Even back then when she was healthy, she always seemed frail as if she would break. Her pride and joy was her son. They both adored each other. During our community get-together's, she would always offer to donate her beautiful soy candles and scrapbook making items to be used as raffle prizes.

I think the last time we spoke was through email over 18 months ago. We both applied for employment to the same company and we wished each other luck. I never followed up with her to see what was the outcome. After that, I moved away and never stayed in touch, but I will always remember her generosity when we were neighbors.

If anyone is interested, here is the blog written by Jackie's brother about her ordeal.

Jackie's Journey

- AV


Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

AV - thank you so much for sharing that. I just spent a lot of time reading about Jackie and Neal. What a neat tribute for her brother to do that. Wow - I am saddened of course but glad to know that Neal has lots of people to love him. Thank you so much for sharing!

AVCr8teur said...

Sunshinedaily4me, I'm glad I was able to share Jackie's Journey with you. The internet is a small world.

- AV