THE ODDS (Debbie Does ALS)


6.07.2011

Love you, Tori

One morning, several weeks ago, I woke up, leaning so far left it warranted a midnight  alarm to the neighbors. Rescued and out of harm's way, I wrote a detailed account of the episode, intending to post after some editing. A combination of things got in the way of writing anything, and just as I got through my tangle of issues, the phone rang.

My niece, Tori, died.  No one had any details but it didn't matter, that this incredible young woman was gone was wrong under any circumstance. Regrettably, I didn't know her better, but it didn't take long to recognize her indefatigable, bright spirit, her enthusiasm for life, her endless capacity to love and give of herself. Her death at age 23--23!--just doesn't make any sense. My heart goes out to her parents.

I do believe that we are the sum of the people who are in our lives.  Tori touched so many, from her home in Texas to the small town in Spain where she taught English,  and all the stops along the way.

This song is from a yoga cd for children.  It makes me think of  Tori...I cry when I listen to it, but it makes me happy, too.

6 comments:

nursemyra said...

That's very sad news....

Wendy Leah said...

She always posted sweet comments on your blog. Very, very sad news.

Anne said...

I agree with you. The few times I was in Tori's company, I was impressed with her beautiful outlook on life, her friendliness and her love of family.This is a huge, heartrending loss to her family and to anyone who knew her.

Jenny said...

Great blog post mom. Rest in peace, cousin.

Sylvia said...

How sad--I know that her positive energy is distributed throughout the universe and that is a good thing. We are the sum of the people in our lives and that is a positive things. good thoughts and energy going out to you. With love from the big apple.

Scott Crawford said...

Very sorry for your loss, Deb. Didn't see this as it happened, somehow. Was thinking of you this morning, and upon checking the site, here we are. Passing along a relative stranger's condolences to all of the appropriate parties.

Hope all is well with you otherwise.

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