You know someone has bad news when they start saying, "I don't know how to tell you this but..." Bam. It hit harder than a kick in the stomach. It knocks out your breath. It takes away your smile.
S was one of those kids who could make any situation lighter, happier. I had the privilege of getting to know her this summer, and last summer and I saw a spark of someone strong, powerful, and happy. She wasn't oblivious to her illness. She took it in stride. As much as she will be missed, she is truly in a better place. I miss you S.
(I wrote this regarding something else, but I think it applies here as well.)
It’s easy to lose hope
It’s easy to despair
It’s easy to look at the sky
And think that no one is there
It’s easy to stumble
It’s easy to cry
It’s easy to look at this world
And think it’s all a lie
But taking the easy route
Never got a person far
And you won’t get anywhere
If you lose sight of who you are
It takes effort to grow
It takes strength to climb
It may look easy
But it even takes talent to rhyme
So if you look around
And feel like all is lost
Just remember, it’s worth every effort
To remain strong, at any cost.
When darkness prevails
And you’ve lost your light
It is buried inside of you
And it’s worth it to fight
Even if you feel like love is lost
Even if you feel like you’re at the end of your rope
If you call out in that moment of pain
Then you can always believe there is hope.
Lilui nishmas Henna Sara