As I mourn what is a great loss to me personally and to the blogging community in general, I think of this quote:
"I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time."I don't want Tina's name to be said the last time any time soon.
I didn't get to meet her, but we called each other as often as we could, given our time zone differences. We messaged often, and emailed about work and personal stuff.
But these dry words don't capture what she meant to me, nor does my immediate reaction on Daily (w)rite.
She lit up my life in dark times, and she sent me laughter even though that was the hardest thing for her sometimes, physically and mentally, when she was in the hospital, in intensive care. She fought her illness hard, laughed at it. She loved her own family and considered a whole host of bloggers her family, too.
She loved blogging-- we saw that during the AZ Challenges we cohosted-- and she loved her blog.
So as time goes on, I wish for her name to be taken, over and over again, by bloggers whose lives she's touched.
I hope the A to Z Challenge lives on and honors her spirit-- of giving and support, of kindness and compassion, and staying in good humor-- no matter how difficult the times.
I hope Tina Downey is never forgotten. I for one, and I'm sure other bloggers too, would make sure she isn't.
Did you know Tina Downey? What's your fondest memory of her?