Over the past week I've had many ideas about this blog post, but I couldn't bring all of my thoughts coherently together. Although I wanted to write about spring, or photography, my mind kept going to my friend Jeannie, who passed away last Wednesday evening, just one week ago today. She had a horrible form of cancer that didn't respond to any treatments, and she suffered a long, arduous journey.
She is survived by her wonderful husband, and two precious sons - one, a 10 year old, and the other, a 14 year old who is a good friend of my own 14 year old.
Even though I still weep at the thought of her being gone, I'm trying to focus on the way that the community is coming together to try and help. Neighborhood Mom's and Dad's, all of her family, the boys classmates, school administrators, church members and coaches are coming together to help the family through this.
"Ubunto" is an African tribal philosophy that is about the community coming together to help one another. We've all heard that "it takes a village" to raise a child, and even in this modern, tech-filled world we live in, the community is still such an important part of supporting our friends and loved ones in need.
In this time of sadness it is so heartwarming to see all of the good that is surrounding Jeannie's family. It's human nature to band together and to help one another. I see that there is still a lot of love and hope in this world, and that's a good thing to remember when it seems we only see what is wrong and hateful in people.
I don't have the answers that Jeannie's sons want to hear right now, and I certainly can't fix this, but I can be there for them, and I will be there for them. I need to help her children on their journey through this, to not only survive this awful time, but to thrive. And I know that they will thrive. This loving community of people are going to see to that!
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."