My stepmother passed away a couple weeks ago. She was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and lost the battle after only seven months. When something like that happens to anyone, you feel it is not fair. With Faye, it seemed extremely unfair. She was the kindest person I have ever met. Her devotion to anyone in her life was never questioned. She loved fiercely and everyone that met her instantly adored her. I feel short changed, because I only knew her for seven years.
It is one of those love stories you hear about. Faye and my Dad had known each other since they were kids and after high school lost touch with each other. Thirty-five years later at their high school reunion, they found each other and fell in love. It was the kind of love most people spend their entire lives looking for. For my sister and me, we felt that Dad had finally got what he deserved. Happiness.
It seems unfair, that my Dad’s love story was cut short. I look at him and see how lost he is with out her. When she finally let go, my dad sobbed. He picked her up in his arms and wrapped her arms around him. It is unfair that Faye’s life was cut short. The hundreds of people that showed up to pay tribute to her life demonstrated the impact she had on everyone’s life. As her best friend said, she may not be physically with us anymore, but she will live on forever in our hearts. Our smiles will be a reflection of her impact on our lives.
After lots of reflection on Faye’s life and how she chose to spend it, I realized that I hope to spend my life the same way. I hope to make people smile and treat them with the same amount of kindness. I know that it takes a special kind of person to create that kind of life. I may not be able to do it just like Faye, but I am sure gonna try.