It used to be, when I thought of Kimi, I would say a prayer for her.
Now, when I think of her, I say a prayer for her uncle, cj, and all the others who helped her smile and deal with her illness.
I also still pray for Kimi, to ease her transition into the pain-free new world she has entered.
But, the tears are falling, as they must. As they will for a long time coming.
on Saturday. Safe travels.
honor her—not a traditional funeral spray, but a bouquet primarily in pinks and whites, celebrating her innocence and love of ballet, with sparks of blue (for her love of the ocean and its creatures), some purple (for her joyous energy), and other dashes of color just because a beautiful girl deserves beautiful flowers.
Unfortunately, I cannot get to San Diego in time for her memorial. But I know there are other NDN folks in the area who are going to try to make it.
And continue to do. You gave her joy and encouragement throughout her long battle, and I am sure that strengthened her to give cancer everything she had. Thanks for being such a tremendous friend to Kimi, cj, and all her family.
The coordination has been appreciated, especially for those of us that do not always know the best ways to chip in. And thank you for representing all of us on Saturday!
Let us know if you need anything when you hear from ND about a potential memorial.
I have a question - knowing that it is Girl Scout Cookie Season (was Kimi still participating?) is there any way that we could look into one last cookie drive in her honor for her old Troop?
before we got the bad news.
I'll check with cj to see if Kimi got to do much with her scout troop this year. The truth is that the last several months were very difficult for her physically, and I'm not sure she was able to.
While helping out her troop in Kimi's name would be wonderful, I think the feeling among people who have reached out to cj and me over the past week is that folks want to try to do some kind of more lasting memorial.
I love the idea of a butterfly garden near the children's playground on campus. Our grandchildren have played there when on campus for games , Easter or weddings. It is a very nice spot and one that will be used for a long time to come by children, justing having fun , as Kimi played so many ways when she was well enough. It would keep her memory in a happy place. Let us know when contributions are needed for whatever is decided. Thanks for sending the flowers, too, I saw your post about the services too late .