Friday, June 19, 2009
Today the sun came out finally... it's been a week of dreariness and rain. I have a million things to do before my art camps start on Monday. I woke up with so many lists in my head. While eating breakfast I thought I could multitask and do some bills on my computer. I didn't expect to see an email about a fellow alumni from High School. Staci Kelts passed away yesterday from a brief bout of cancer... untreatable. I think this is the first time I have lost someone from my past, my own age. I wasn't close friends with Staci but she was definitely a big part of our days at GHS. She was bubbly and loud... always in drama club and singing! I always remember her smiling. She was really the opposite of me, who was shy and quiet and very much introverted. I appreciated her enthusiasm for life. That is what is so hard about this. It's not that I haven't had cancer affect my family. I have and too much. But to know someone who has just entered their early 40's, left a loving husband and has not even experienced most of their later years... it's inconceivable. It made me suddenly appreciate every single thing that happened this morning... kissing the kids good morning and wishing I wasn't leaving home to go to Hatch to work. I believe I'm doing good things here, but is that really the most important thing? And am I making the right decisions every day? Do I appreciate everything? Taking pause to think about these things is really important. I also have a sadness in my stomach that one more wonderful person is not with us anymore. I sent flowers from our graduating class to her memorial service held on Sat., June 27th like the ones pictured above. Her death is already having an effect on classmates all over the country. She had offered to help with our 25th reunion next year. I'm so sorry that she won't be there to see us all. It's a sad day.