My friend has died. She was born one week before I was. We’ve been friends since our children were babies. She was a fine human being, and her absence is such a huge loss. Her absence is greater than any political loss. She was intelligent, kind, productive – truly a blessing to all she knew.
So many people flocked to spend time with her before she died, we risked exhausting her (and her family). We all wanted more of her time. She was so GRACIOUS. She would greet everyone with a smile and ask how they and their family were doing. I never once heard her complain. While visiting, we never talked about politics. There was no fake news. She was dying and she and we knew it, but we focused on living; on being together and enjoying life – the life she had left. She shared that precious time; first with her family and then with her friends.
We watched silly movies and laughed. We reminisced about funny exploits from our pasts… and laughed. Interestingly, everyone who visited had stories of funny exploits. She was good, decent, fun, and funny. Sometimes I think of people being either righteous or irreverent. She WAS right with God, and God blessed her with a, not wicked, but certainly well developed sense of humor. She was faithful AND fun!
A truly good person has died. I pray that we can put politics aside and just be humane. I want us to look beyond our selfish interests and work on being a blessing to others. I want to be like Mela. I want us all to be like Mela. What a wonderful world it would be.