Today marks both 14 months since out Katie left us physically, but also at sundown the jubilant Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, marking the start of the new year on the Jewish calendar. Maybe we can also celebrate Katie a little on this new year, and remember again the bright spirit she was, and that still shines upon us all now. I don’t know about you all, but while I keep Katie in my heart, I still miss her every day. The way I go forward is to remind myself of the ways she is still with us.
Her vision for Project Give-Back is now in action, giving Katie Kits directly to those struggling with treatment. Her true love of Nate will mean he always has an Angel looking out for him no matter where he is. Her radiant smile will always warm our hearts. Her strength of character and belief that we can all change and overcome is still inspiring. Her view that all should be treated equally, from kids and adults on the Autism spectrum to LGBQT communities, should still push us to do better in our daily interactions. Her loving support, love and friendship is painfully missed dearly, and only strengthens the realizations of the impacts she had on all of us. Her circle of friends here and afar, can still join together in spirit and thought to keep her shining light alive.
Just as she set forth for us at the funeral service she constructed to help us with our loss, I think she had the Gospel choir sign to us “This Little Light of Mine” to honor her light by making sure our own lights shine a little brighter. In our grief and loss, we must not forget that she wants us all to take care of ourselves and spread our, and her, light even stronger. Be warmed by your light, just as you are by the glow and peace of a bonfire or the candle on your table. And let your light also be warmed by Katie’s eternal light.
And here is a rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” to carry with you:
In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah at sundown today, “Shanah Tovah” to you all! It is Hebrew for “Have a good year” for those (like me) not familiar.
Peace and Love to you all! And Shanah Tovah!
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