For those of you who might have missed the sad news, our dear Blogging from A to Z Challenge Team member, Tina Downey, left this earthly life this past Saturday August 23rd. Many of you have already posted tributes to Tina on your own blogs. They have been moving heartfelt tributes that show how many lives this wonderful lady touched. And now I am faced with a page to fill with words for Tina.
What can I say in a time like this? Since hearing the news about Tina on Sunday morning, my mind has been a muddle of whys and what next. Tuesday morning in the wee early hours I awoke from my dreams as words formed in my head. This is what I would say: beautiful words that would change the world. With my mind roiling, the words dissipated into empty inadequacy. How can my words truly express what I feel--what Tina meant to me? To all of us?
Tina was a driving force behind the A to Z Team. To many she was a behind the scenes figure of the Challenge, but to those who were most aware of the goings on in the A to Z community, Tina was a dynamo who made things go.
She called herself "Schedule Woman" because she made sure posts were going up as they should on the A to Z Blog. All of us on the A to Z Team are well familiar with the fun and funny missives she would regularly send out to us. She'd scold, praise, and commiserate as the occasion called for. It was all done in the name of friendship and love. And she was loved back by everyone she touched with her communications.
I'm going to miss Tina in so many ways. Many of you will surely miss her as well. And if we who never actually encountered Tina in person miss her as much as we all do, then our loss must be mighty small in contrast to Tina's family and friends--those who were with her in the world beyond our virtual world of blogging and with her in her everyday world. In a way I envy those who were in that real world of family meals, gatherings of friends, and camping trip adventures. Then again, could I stand the pain of losing someone that close?
Tina, someday I hope we can actually meet face to face. Meet in a place beyond this small world where there are no more tears or loss or emptiness. You are gone for now, yet you fill my life and my memories. Despite your struggles with health you showed us all that Life Is Good. I believe that with all my heart. Life is good. I'll try to keep that as my motto too.
Thank you, Tina, for everything. I will miss you greatly.
If you have not yet done so, please visit Tina's blog Life Is Good to leave a message in her remembrance. You can also add your blog link to the list following this post if you have done or will be doing a tribute post in honor of Tina. Read below for more information.
|Sunflowers in Fargo, North Dakota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
In memory of Tina Downey, the A to Z Team is hosting a sunflower tribute on September 8, 2014 – Remembering Tina Downey.Prior to that date, purchase or plant a sunflower in her honor. (If you have to resort to plastic, that’s cool.) Take a photo of your sunflower and post in in her memory on Monday, September 8. Tina loved her sunflowers, and we want to splash the blogging world with sunflowers that day and honor a truly amazing woman who was friend and family to so many.You can sign up now or add your link when you post your sunflower.Please help us spread the word! Let’s brighten the Internet with sunflowers the way Tina brightened the lives of so many.