Recently, amid a beautiful thunder, lightening, and rain storm, I spent a afternoon listening to my sweet Maria’s playlist on her laptop, scrolling through multiple photos and numerous draft blog posts she had started. What an amazing young woman she was! I feel as though I am discovering more about her every day, and that, I know, is her gift to me. As I said in an earlier reflection on Maria’s passing, she has left me with far more joy and abundance than sorrow. I promised her I’d be happy. Thinking of her, and reflecting on the tremendous love and brightness she brought to everyone makes me happy!
Maria is truly my hero! She is an amazing warrior who gave me much inspiration and beauty to draw upon for many years into the future. On her “favorites”, I found the Bette Midler song, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, and it is now another Maria song for me! It reminds me of Maria’s longest childhood friend, Gayle, as they watched Beaches together so often while we lived in New Zealand. ~ Kiakaha beautiful Maria! Mahalo for being the most amazing daughter. We will celebrate you with tears, love, flowers, song and dance on July 31 in Hawai’i at the Waikiki Yacht Club after a paddle out to release you into the ocean you loved so dearly.
Blessings ~ Suzi (Maria’s mum)