I don't really know how to frame this. Those of you who read my Tumblr or Twitter could be aware that a blog friend turned real life friend turned occasional colleague, HeatherSpohr, lost her daughter last week. I've been thinking about the Spohrs a lot and I've been reading about it a lot as Heather is part of a very tight network of other bloggers, most of whom (present company excluded) are also parents.
Maddie was 1 1/2 and while she was cognitively smart as a whip and seriously sassy (in swimwear and otherwise), it was complications of having born 3 months early that took her very quickly last week. I'd never met Maddie and have only hung out with her mom a couple times but I surprised myself with how hard it hit.
People are turning their avatars purple, their blogs purple and releasing purple balloons today, the day of the memorial service.
It's no secret I love kids. At some point in the distant future I'm hoping to have a few and in the interim, you can find me at 826 Chicago or hanging out with little bits belonging to other people. This is tough stuff but I'm not going to dwell on the sad, it's not Heather's style and it's not mine, so let's think some happy thoughts today.
Like how much good can be accomplished with the money raised for March of Dimes. Wearing a lot of purple today with that in mind.