Monday, January 14, 2008

A Moment of Silence

I have sad news to report.

For those of you who came to my show, Doorways & Dharma, back in October of last year, you probably met Christine Vollrath. She may have poured you some champagne, chatted with you about art, and generally made you feel welcome.

It was the first time I had ever met her. She was a friend of Judy Ziegler, owner of Cornucopia Real Estate and main patron of the art show, and she joined in the fun as a volunteer. From 11 in the morning to 5 in the evening, she helped out for the pure pleasure of it.

Last night, I received a call from Judy. Christine had a massive stroke this past Friday and died at the age of 40.

We had been planning on having dinner--Brian and I wanted to take her out as a thank-you for all her help. However, our schedules didn't mesh for weeks and weeks. I still have her business card on my desk.

It's all very sudden and unexpected. I don't mean to view death as merely sad, because that's not my perspective. What I do mean to express is my own grief, at my own loss of knowing another wonderful and unique human being on this planet. I hate saying good-bye and when it's necessary, I hate being cheated of saying it to the person.

I met her for six hours and this is how much she touched me. I miss knowing that she's out there. And I'm grateful that we connected. No matter how many kind people you meet in the world, it will never be enough.

Thank you again, Christine, for your warmth, generosity, and curiosity.

Good-bye.

I.
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