One of my friends died today of a sudden illness. I wanted to take this time to remember what was good about her. This is my candle of memory.
She had a bawdy sense of humor and laughed like a trucker. She could bench-press a Buick. She could find humor in the darkest situations. She rescued unwanted dogs and gave them good homes. She was true to her faith and didn't let religious bigots bring her down for her being a lesbian. She was true to her partner of twenty years. She helped raise three kids who were not her own, and she did it with love and care.
I am grateful for the time in which she helped save me from being homeless. When the Church turned me away and literally slammed the door in my face, she and her partner gave me food and paid for my medicine until I was back on my feet. No Christian lent me a hand, but she and her partner did.
She never let prejudice and hate bring her down. Even when she lost a job due to persecution, she moved on. She never whined or complained. She had lots of courage and bravery. She never gave up.
She died from cancer. That was the one foe she couldn't beat.
I will remember my friend. I will remember her kindness, generosity, and humor. May she be received by deity in love.