a person is a person, no matter how small

~*~*~*~GBE2- Popular~*~*~*
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My friend Irene was popular. 
The waves of people that flooded the funeral home today proved this point. 
People mattered to her, and so, in turn, she mattered to people. 

Many of us there had a shared history, and I loved seeing all the familiar faces again. We caught up, cried, laughed and remembered all the crazy fun we had together.. two decades worth….but the thing that made Irene, Irene was the percentage of people walking through that knew her from a random encounter. She epitomized the phrase “never met a stranger” truly, every person that came in contact with this emotional powerhouse was changed and made to feel like they were just a bit more special than they might have considered.

Case in point, I go to the store…I walk down the street….I visit my kids school – and my friend count rarely changes. Irene, on the other hand, talked to everyone, and CARED. It was as if  that random person in the gas station was the center of her world for that moment- or for the rest of her life as it was. 

Many jokes were made about Walmart- it was not an exaggeration that she could be just running in for a pack of toilet paper – but come out with a new buddy. Two of the ladies who spoke at today’s memorial service met Irene when she approached them on a walk around her neighborhood. One was simply working out in her flower garden when Irene struck up a conversation- made a real connection, and created a deep lasting friendship. That’s the kicker, she truly connected – this was not popularity for popularity sake, she was popular because she cared. But she did not care what ‘side of the tracks’ a person came from, what they looked like, dressed like or what they were struggling with, (except to offer all the help she physically, emotionally, could.)  

Like many people who care deeply, she tended to take on a lot of the emotional baggage of those around her…so it is fitting that on Tuesday she went to the park alone to sit by the waterfall she loved. We all need time to process life.

One tragic tumble later and the lady we all loved is gone. 
This is so wrong, so senseless, sad.
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In trying to inject some tiny bit of understanding, I have to say her life needs to serve as a reminder that “A person’s a persons no matter how small!” …

(no matter how small they may think they are) 

Every chance encounter is an opportunity to meet someone interesting and maybe even make a lasting friend.
 

Thanks for really “hearing” us Irene
 I miss you

   

 

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13 thoughts on “a person is a person, no matter how small

  1. How horrifying, Sylvie. I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like quite a significant one, at that. Make it your business to befriend someone new in need of companionship and you'll be paying tribute to Irene in the best way possible — her way. Wishing you peace…

  2. I am so sorry Sylvie. The loss of a loved person is just so difficult. (((hugs)))Irene will be missed by everyone whom she touched and maybe if each of you were to reach out to another stranger her legacy would live on.Excellent tribute to your friend.

  3. (((Sylvie))) I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost such a good friend–I know that has to be difficult. Thanks for sharing with us who she was–we do need more Irene's in this world!

  4. thanks everyone- this little introvert will never be as adept as she was.. …but will make a point to get 'out of my head' more often. (( oh and it wasn't a stroke- she tumbled down a hill )) now go- smile at a stranger – in honor of Irene :)

  5. I am so sorry for your lost of such a special friend. How devastating. It sounds like she touched everyone she met. Special prayers for you as you cope without such a bright light in your world.Kathyhttp://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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