Today I found out that a person I know only virtually through our local message board, MOL, passed away. She fought a long battle stemming from, of all things, a cat bite, then MRSA and then other (I think) issues that stemmed from all that. She never spoke about her pain too much, but my understanding was also that she was in constant pain from a car accident years earlier.
On MOL she was always putting herself out there...lending a hand, an ear, money, dog toys and cat food. She was a lover of animals and always helped out with stray cats, lost pets and dogs that needed rescuing when possible. How fitting that she passed away on the day before the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is a day often used for the blessing of animals.
I never had the opportunity to meet "Just the Aunt" or JTA, as she was known, mostly because I do not attend face-to-face events. But she did (put herself out there) and almost always it was because she was doing something kind for someone else.
I have been having a very difficult few weeks. I have not wanted to be kind to people and have in fact probably been on the bitchy side. This week, in her honor, I will be making a concerted effort to be kinder. I will look to perform random and not-so-random acts of kindness. Thank you JTA for reminding me to be kind and thoughtful. You will always be remembered for what you did in and for our little community.