Before I post again, I needed to stop to offer a huge thank you to the many people who have stopped by this blog, emailed, called, or facebooked in the last few days. Your kind, loving, beautiful words are a gift.
The overwhelming emotion for this week has been great gratitude for the gift of Jenni that we all shared, that indeed we all continue to share. Jenni lives on in all us, whenever we reach out to stranger, whenever we are courageous enough to be raw, and real, when we speak truth to power, when we find humor, grace and beauty in the most difficult of situations. Jenni lives on when we hug our children, when sing at the top of our lungs, when we make our art (whether it is with paper, dance, music, paint, fabric, clay or words). Jenni is with us when we cry at night, when we worry about our babies, when we contemplate the suffering in our homes, our communities, the world. Jenni is with us when we giggle with our girlfriends, when we pour “a cuppa” and sit for tea with our sisters, when we tell our stories over and over again in the hopes that we will find healing there. If we follow our stories, we will find as that in the end, there is only love–love so big and messy and wide and deep. That was the lesson of Jenni.
I have been holding a small moment of silence over here for Jen, until she be laid to rest. But now it is time to keep doing what Jenni and I enjoyed doing together–writing, connecting, watching, witnessing, living and growing.
I will. I will. I will. Everyday I will.
Will you?

6 Responses to “Thank you”

  1. Elizabeth Harper Says:

    I will!

    I try to remember when doing certain things that are a struggle how some of my friends and family who are no longer living would have loved a chance to have experienced whatever moment, activity, or emotion might be challenging me at the time.

    They live on in memory and spirit, silent cheerleaders encouraging me in ways they could never have known they would while they were still living. I wrote about my own Jenni of sorts, a woman named Jennifer, but most called Jen who left this world far too soon.

    You can find her story on my old blog in “Remembering The Light”

    http://www.giftsofthejourney.com/Elizabeth_Harper-Gifts_of_the_Journey/Blog/Entries/2008/10/2_What_We_Leave_Behind_When_We_Go.html

  2. Kara aka Mother Henna Says:

    Oh, Meg, I didn’t know until just now. My whole heart to you — and to Jenni. Lighting my candle here, too.
    Miracles and xo’s to you…
    k-

  3. Imelda / GreenishLady Says:

    Ah, Meg, I first met Jenni through you, and came to have some sense of how special she was and is, but not until now did I have any real sense of the friendship you two had shared. My heart goes out to you, and thanks you for all the connections. Bless you.

  4. Leenie Says:

    I will, Meglet – you and Jenni have inspired me so much! We sometimes need to be reminded to stop and smell the roses – Love you so so so so so much

  5. Sue Borg Says:

    Yes I will~! Jenn is the third young mom in her 40’s I have lost this yr 🙁 so I need to live fully for them.

    we all do~! I love your writing….

    xo Sue in Spokane

  6. Trish Says:

    What a sparkling beauty Jenni is / was. Thank you for sharing / introducing her to us. Meg, I am always warmed up by reading your words / insights / wisdom.

    Thank you,
    Trish
    xoxo