Confidentiality prohibits me from going into detail but let me just say that my Monday morning after a week of vacation began with a student banging limbs on thunderously resonating metal bookshelves and cabinets screaming (not at me)
"YOU ARE THE DEVIL YOU G-D D-MN M-TH-R F-CK-NG WH-R-!!!!!!"
One would think that would be a terrible way to start the week and, in fact, it sort of was. BUT, after that first thing on a Monday morning, no matter what happens the rest of the week, it's a good week.
What makes me sadder than sad is that I can't share the story with my blog friend Nicole Stanger McMaster at Throwslikeagirl. Nicole lost her battle with breast cancer this week after an aggressive form of mets popped up seemingly out of nowhere and took her from this planet entirely too soon.
I found her knitting blog and later found out we shared professions as well. It's pretty strange and horrible to lose an internet friend. While playing with internets friends, you feel so connected and yet when you grieve, no one in your physical space (only fellow ethereal bloggers) really understands the extent and significance of the loss- and there is the fear that expressing too much sorrow to and for family members makes you seem kind of creepy.
So, HEY NICOLE out there in Spiritual Internet World, I'm glad I got to know you. I'm glad you're no longer in pain, and I'm sad that you're no longer here.
And that my friends, with tears in my eyes, is all a memorial can really say.