My beautiful neighbor, Brandy, died last night in her sleep. She had been diagnosed with ALS a little while back and her husband, Rick had been keeping us updated through emails about how she was doing and how their faith an prayer was holding them together through this crisis.
I was shocked to learn she had died, but I knew it would happen one day. I think of Rick and the future, I think about the 6 years we have lived here and how Brandy was such a light in the life if so many if us. I remember her vigor, her smiles, her kind short little emails to me, encouraging me in parenting and teaching.
I sat the kids down together and told them. They were sad and sorta confused. Yet, they knew she was sick, we prayed for Brandy often every night. We talked about how Brandy knew the Lord and that it was so merciful that she fell asleep in Jefferson Heights and woke up in the arms of Jesus!!
It shook me. All the things you think about when someone leaves the earth for good ran through my brain. And in a move of self comfort and reflection, I went to my grandmothers cookbook and tried to find a cookie recipe with no eggs (we have no eggs). As I found a neat gingersnap recipe, I began to think that this would be something Brandy would love. It’s from scratch, fresh organic ingredients, and just enough of a treat to make it worth while. It’s the simple pleasures that she loved. So I’ll make something simple, sweet and perfect for sharing to remember my neighbor, Brandy.
And then, we can enjoy them and keep living with the memories.