Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The year after Carmen

Carmen Martinez passed away on May 17, 2009. We were very close, and in some ways, I still struggle with the idea that she’s gone.

And now that it’s been a year, I thought it would be good to post the program that I put together for her memorial service. I printed it on this really amazing metallic paper that looked like it would last forever.

I read somewhere that the people who come into your life have a message for you, an answer to a question you’re trying to resolve. And in this theory, they aren’t even aware of the answer that they are passing along. Carmen wasn’t like that. She seemed to be conscious of the questions and the answers, even when she couldn’t find them for herself.

People like Carmen are a great gift to us all. Their capacity to love is limitless. And in them we see the potential of what we should be.