REPOST from 12/02/04: A request to all from Melody

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nurse_mikki
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   Posted 12/2/2004 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Just bumping this up again. Unfortunately this isn't going well, as I have only heard from 1 person so far. Please consider participating, friends.
 
Hugs, Michele
 
 
 
Hi Friends:
 
A few months ago, Mel and I had a long discussion so that she could "clear her plate" before her final journey. She made a heartfelt request that I think pretty much each one of us can help fulfill. This is directed toward anyone who was touched by Melody (and her little poopy man lol). It doesn't matter if you met her in person, emailed, or just caught a post of hers here & there.
 
She asked that I have you write a little something for Ian to remember her by. Anything will do. Whether it was her kindness, her humor ("that was NOT" in the brochure!), her resilience, her love for her family... you get the idea. If you have pictures of Mel with Ian from any of the gatherings, please consider sending a copy of those as well.
 
I will ask that you send it to me so that I can make a scrapbook for Ian. If you are so inclined, you can create your own scrapbook page & send it to me. (I have no idea what page size this should be--suggestions welcome from all of you scrappers & then we can decide!) You can choose to write it out & snail mail it to me, or you can email your thoughts. I would like to have this completed by February.
 
When I visited her this Spring, she gave me a couple of pictures of her "b.c" (before cancer) when she was in Alaska. I had never seen Mel with long hair before that! She had a special love for Denali National Park in Alaska and had loads of pics from the mountains. I will try to post what I have in the near future.
 
I promised her that we could get this together. She and Rhonda had gone through and captioned all of her pictures for Ian. The week before I visited, Rhonda had also taken Mel out on one of her last excursions to the Hallmark store so that she could buy Ian's cards for all of the special occasions she was going to miss. She wrote notes in each and every one. We were in tears when we were talking about this. But she found tremendous relief in doing that.
 
Thank you in advance, dear friends, for taking the time to do this. This could be a most awesome thing for Ian and the rest of her family. Kai (her 25yo DSS) feels her loss very deeply. She raised him from childhood & she is the only mom he's ever really known. If you would like to just write a note for him as well, I can mail those too. He is an awesome guy who is pretty lost right now.
 
Hugs, Michele
 
 


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Post Edited (nurse_mikki) : 2/8/2005 8:42:28 PM (GMT-7)


Tavish
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   Posted 12/2/2004 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Beautiful.


Shells
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   Posted 12/3/2004 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes. A million times over, yes. I got choked up when I read that she got cards for his special moments. I am doing the samething for Kalia and it just breaks my heart and makes me cry to see I am not the only one. I will SO do this for Mel and Ian. I totally understand and would be proud to help so Ian can have wonderful things to remember his mother and how special she was. I just feel bad for the whole family. We all truly lost a great person.

Tearfully touched,
Shelley
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Cathi
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   Posted 12/3/2004 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
A wonderful idea...yes...I will send something...

Love

Cathi
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sdearing
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   Posted 12/3/2004 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Mikki, what a wonderful idea.  My son's friend got married last weekend and his Mother passed away when he was 12.  She had done a cross stitch and wrote a letter to him and given it to her sister to be presented to him on his wedding day.  All these years he has missed her and that was such a special gift and total surprise.  I will do something too.

What a wonderful friend you have been to Mel.  I am sure she is smiling down on all of us now.

L&H

Sara

 

 


Sara Dearing
 
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gma
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   Posted 12/3/2004 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was eating my breakfast when I came to read this thread. Talk about getting choked up. I will see what I can find in my pictures. I know I have some from MB of Ian but where are they? There is a great picture of Mel's smile from San Antonio, too. I wish I was organized and knew where to actually find them. I will try to locate them and send them as well as a note to both Ian and Kai.

I want to tell you all once again how impressed I was with Kai and Ian when Jo-Ann and I went to OK that Saturday to see Mel. They both sat and talked to me very politely and made me feel so accepted and welcome in their life. Ian seemed so grown up compared to when I had seen him last in MB running wild. Kai told me about serving in the military and his plans for his future. How many young men would take time to sit and talk to an old woman who was their mother's friend and be so nice and kind?

Hugs MK


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   Posted 12/3/2004 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
You got it , Michele. I have a pic from San Antonio I will send you and I will write something also. You may want to add the post that was from Melody. I believe it was a story about her journey at the time. If I remember correctly, we were the jewels in the wall of the tunnel. Love you, Gail
 It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.   Elisabeth Kubler Ross


DiVanDyke
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   Posted 12/4/2004 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Mikki,
I will look. I may have a San Antonio. I hope so. I would be wonderful to do this for Ian. It is an honor that she has asked us. Di

kmonke
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   Posted 12/4/2004 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
sad  We need an icon with tears flowing as that is what is happening as I read this thread.
 
I had a friend when I was a child whose mother died of Breast Cancer.  The girl was 6 years old at the time her mom passed away.  On her wedding day there was a letter for her from her mom, read by her older brother who had kept the letter all those years.  Let me tell you, there was not a dry eye in the church, but the girl was so moved that her mother would have thought of doing such a thing.
 
As I was wondering if I would ever see my youngest son graduate from high school or be here for my boys' weddings, I had thoughts of doing the same thing for them. 
 
I will definitely send something Mikki, please send me an email reminder if you can, because I will probably forget and don't want to be left out of this memorial to Mel.
 
God Bless Mel and all of you,
 
Love, Kitty

Luci
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   Posted 12/4/2004 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my, Mikki. Yes!! Love, Luci
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   Posted 12/4/2004 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Mikki, I am so sorry to say I never got to know our energizer bunny. It is certainly my loss. I have heard so much about her, and always wanted to meet her. Sadly it was not to be. I am sorry I can not send a personal story but I can send something towards the flowers for this wonderful woman that fought so very hard. Love, Joyce
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nurse_mikki
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   Posted 2/9/2005 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
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I am neither made or unmade by happenings around me, but by my reaction to them.
~~~~~~~
May this disease NEVER be allowed to take another wife, mother, daughter, sister, lover or friend........
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I cannot control the wind, but I CAN adjust my sails 
 ~~~~~~~~~~~
You can choose to look UP or DOWN--it's all about putting perfume on a pig. It is still a pig and it STILL stinks, but it stinks BETTER!
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Breast Cancer Chronicle Demystifying BC, one step at a time
  


gma
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   Posted 2/10/2005 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Mikki I am so ashamed of myself for fogetting this. During Dec I was in my usual Christmas humbug slump, but my grandson did manage to retrieve my MB pictures from an old hard drive for me. Can I email them to you? I have some older ones from San Antonio but I have not found them. Digital pictures are great until you lose a computer with them on it. I have a CD somewhere that my son in law copied all my pictures to, but where he put it is the $64,000 question. And to top that off he did not write on it. I have gone over at least 20 CDs that are empty looking. LOL. Keep after us, I know you shouldn't need to do that, but procrastination is one of my worst traits anymore. Hugs MK


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   Posted 2/11/2005 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Mikki,

I sure wish that I could have gotten to meet Mel. She must have been one special lady, and such a great mother , friend and wife.

What you are doing is so fantastic and her children will be so thankful to you for doing this.

Hugs to a great person and loyal friend ((((((MIKKI))))))).

Love ya,
Debbie
"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"
Cicero


cupycake2
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   Posted 2/11/2005 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
PS.  I will be sending you an email soon.
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Cicero

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