3/30/2009


It's a rare thing to meet a kindred spirit, much less one whose body is so akin to my own and who knows the terrain of cancer even better than I.

Sara, when I think of you I remember our adventure-filled days together, your amazing baked goods, your love for all things cat (especially that wily Sam-kitty), your persistence at living by your conscience, your cozy book-filled home with its crazy slope-y wooden floors and our sharing a rich dark brew while gazing out over your garden. And of course, paddling together down the Concord river last fall when the leaves were turning and the sun was so bright that it made my eyes water...just as they are now, upon learning of your death.

You were beautiful and good and real. Thank you for sharing your self with me.

Picture of Sara and me on the banks of Walden Pond, Fall 2007

15 comments:

debra said...

so sorry for your loss. And I am so glad you shared the joy, richness and love of friendship.

JohnR said...

My love, I'm glad that you could find such a kindred spirit on so many levels. I'm grateful for the opportunity that I had to experience her infectious joie de vivre.

It's also thanks to her I had that experience with the BEST SANDWICH EVER at that little deli in Concord. Life is made of such seemingly trivial joys, and they are meant to be savored and shared.

Patry Francis said...

In lieu of the traditional wake or service, which S. clearly didn't want, I'm checking in on other people who are sharing my grief tonight.

Wonderful photo.

laurie said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. I wrote about Sara, too. I am grieving tonight without ever having met Sara face to face. She was such a bright light and I am so sad that she has died.

Vajra said...

Sorry for your loss, Jana.

susanhaywardphotography said...

Jana, Sorry for the loss of a good friend. She sounds amazing.

Penny L. Richards said...

Well shoot--I never got to meet Sara in person, but she was a favorite blogger who left *great* comments and crafted wonderful, honest, funny posts. She will certainly be missed, sorely missed.

angryyoungwoman said...

my condolences. My heart is with you.

Kristen said...

Deepest condolences, Jana.

Wheelie Catholic said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news about Sara. She added so much to the online community with her generosity of spirit and love.

jana said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. I spent as much time as possible yesterday and today in the garden...my healing place.

Among our shared internet circles, I just realized yesterday that I was one of the few who got to meet Sara IRL. Let me just say that she was even livelier and groovier in person...as if that could even be possible.

(and this bone-deep weariness of cancer just continues on and on and on. I am beyond kicking and screaming. I am just......tired. will it never end?)

daisies said...

so very sorry for your loss honey ... this was an incredibly beautiful tribue, thank you for sharing it with us. hugs and love.

belleshpgrl said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself.

Jeanne said...

Thank you for this post, and the photo of you with Sara.

Sara and I never met in the real world, we never talked on the phone, but she was a presence in my life--how could she NOT have been?--and I'm missing her.

I'm going to put up a post with some of my favorite Sara memories in the next day or two.

Jeanne
www.assertivepatient.com

Gray said...

I am very sorry to hear of Sara's death. Although we orbited some of the same universes, I never met Sara in person and respected her preference for privacy. Yet I know many of the places she loved so well, and I have always loved them too. I visit Concord two or three times a month and have always fancied that I felt her presence there. I will think of her when I go next week.

I am very glad that you got to spend time with her, and am sorry to hear of her death.