It seems like yesterday in ways. Our Katie K left us a little over 7 months ago, but she still is with us all. Contradictions that make for an introspective space where memories live long and our hearts are still warmed by someone gone. It does fluctuate some, as there are days when I feel empty without her, missing the long talks and her smile. But then I am having more days were I feel her enormous love and can hear her voice and wise words.
I guess that is the new normal that progresses in each of us, but for some there is more sense of loss that overrides feelings of having Katie still close to us in some way. Hopefully with time, Katie’s love will prevail.
I’ve been re-reading some of the content on this site, browsing photos of Katie, Nate and Chuck and watching the slideshow from all stages of Katie’s life. So much true love that you all shared about Katie, both when she was still with us in your comments and emails, and also after her passing. Katie’s favorite poems, music and quotes, her heart-wrenching cancer story, and inspiring blog posts do help us all lead brighter, stronger lives. Her true love of Nate is so vibrant in photos that you get a warm glow in your heart.
I think back to her last week in the hospital in Royal Oak on the hospice floor. When she was still aware and talking, she was telling visitors that she loved them when saying goodbyes. Those simple words, “I love you”, that she uttered were the essence of who she was. She built strong friendships and relationships with many based on her love of you all, and her love of life’s joys. This is evident in the stories, emails and comments you have all shared here.
My hope is that you all still feel the warmth of Katie’s love in your hearts, and that this will only grow with time. If you feel some love, leave the word “love” in the comments below!
About ten of us gathered last night at Jodi and Brett’s house for another “bonfire” with the fireplace warming us in this cold weather. People brought appetizers to share and we had a really nice time catching up with each other, while a photo of Katie was nearby. Tammy’s sister Carol is visiting from snow-bound Boston, so it was a treat to see her again. We all talked about how new jobs were going, the funny stories of teaching, raising kids, Breaking Bad, and on and on. Katie I am sure was laughing along with us.
This was the first “bonfire” group that was not held at Katie’s house, which sold 6 weeks ago. So while missing the place and smells of Katie’s awesome home, we were warmed by the atmosphere and each others company. In the midst of all the fun, I forgot to take photos, but I did snap of photo of the warm fire:
And another sign of Katie’s continued presence in our lives, her orchids are blooming again:
Let’s remember Katie every day! Remember to share your simple “love” in the comments below!
– Love to you all.
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