“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
Kavita, your smile will never leave me. You filled up every room with your zest for life.
Nicky, my puppy, I miss your “I know you!” bark and your unfailing look of surprise every time you saw me walk through the gate — even if I was gone just for a few minutes.
Papa, your strength and spirit keeps me going and pulls me up to face each day since you’ve left us. On days when the pain is too much, some memory comes rushing back and I remember how proud I want to make you. I don’t know what 2014 will bring, but I will do my best to fight the low tide and ride the high one, just like you did.
And I want you to know that you left me in very good hands.