Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For Lisa, My Bumpkin

Mr. Potts told me recently that he is a bit in awe of the community of friends that I have made by blogging. I told him that he couldn't imagine the half of it.

Over the weekend I received devastating news from my dear friends Trish and Molly. It was news that rocked me to my core about our friend Lisa. You may know her as the Bumpkin, but she'll always be dear Lisa to me.

Lisa showed me that beauty is found every day. Not just on days I look for it.

She taught me that the simplest of words, the kindness of strangers can lift a person up from dark places.

She showed me a heart, open to all, which had an endless capacity to love.

We've lost Lisa and yesterday when I got home, I cried for the friend that I loved, that I'd never had an opportunity to sit down in NOLA and share a long chat with.

The community of people who love Lisa is large and I know grief-stricken. While this grief is natural, I know that she'll want us to celebrate her and the love that she shared with so many of us and lift each other up.

Celebrate life, dear friends. Hug the ones you love extra tight when you see them next and remember to see the beauty that is all around you.

Lisa's Swing



Dee Stephens said...

As i wrote you earlier. I'm just shocked and sad.

MCW said...

It makes me want to get on a plane and visit every single blog friend right now. xoxo

Lil' Woman said...

That is heartbreaking...her family will be in my prayers and hugs to all the great bloggy friends out there.

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. THinking of you and all her friends and family.

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

Oh my goodness, Molly took the words out of my mouth. I am so sad that I never got to meet this amazing woman. I'm so glad we have a group of blog friends to lean on and get through this.


Samantha said...

i'm so sorry for your loss and for her family's loss.

Anonymous said...

Kim, I'm so sorry. I didn't know her or read her blog, but I know how much my blogger friends mean to me. Even though I don't know you girls IRL, I feel like I do.

Thinking of you both today.

Barefoot in the Park said...

this news makes me so sad .. she always left me the dearest of comments. she will certainly be missed!

Brittany Ann said...

Oh, no! I didn't know Lisa, but she's a life, and her loss is sad!

I'm mourning your loss, too, dear friend!

Anonymous said...

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry to hear this. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you, I'll be praying for you, Lisa, and her family.

Landlocked Mermaid said...

I thought of you 100 times this weekend. I wanted to reach out and hug you and tell you that she is with us and watching over all of us ... you wrote such a beautiful tribute. she was the sweetest sweetest girl. this blogging community is amazing... we lost a dear friend... and like you i never had the chance to hang out on that swing with her... although I was invited many times xoxo