Meesha would be thanking you for your generosity...I know she would be.
But just so that it is clear, Kimanda, Finn, Brett and I want to thank you very much for your tremendous generosity! We have raised almost $20,000 so far for lovely Ruby.
One of Meesha's dear friends posted a picture of the house in the snow you BC folk had this week. It was taken after the busy garage sales of the weekend where there was a lot of laughter, hubbub and, of course, tears. It was taken after everyone had left, after the silence started to settle like snow falling on a cold windless night. An awkward silence where you start to be with the bigness of what we have lost with Meesha's sudden, horrible death. It reminds me of a certain Emily Dickinson poem about the bustle that accompanies death, which I will leave you with below.
At any rate, we have all been touched in this, and reminded of the preciousness of life. Don't lose that, friends. It's all we have. But in that 'it' there has been so much love -- the only consolation there can be when someone you know has been torn from you.
I know Ruby has a tremendous community of care around her. From her teachers, and pals, to family, Meesha's friends, clients and neighbours. All there in a supportive web to help her as much as we can in the journey of healing she will go through.
As you have been touched by Meesha's death, and the plight of dear Ruby, I want to encourage you to pass this story on to your friends, and encourage them to help.
And here's the Emily Dickinson poem.... Blessings and thanks to all of you.
The bustle in a house
The morning after death
Is the solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth,--
The sweeping up the heart,
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
Sincerely, Bryan Young