The worst part of it all wasn't the lost hours at work, or even being sick and at times in pain, but missing the opportunity to formally say goodbye to someone I'd grown to really admire and cherish.
Allow me to back up just a bit. The Sunday before the weekend I went to visit my family (January 6), my work family got some devastating news which, by the following Sunday, turned into the tragic loss of a vibrant, beautiful, caring, smart and talented young woman with her whole life ahead of her. You never saw Christina Leigh Linderman without a smile on her face, and she inspired so many people in her short time with us. I am so sad that she is gone, and will really miss her - but I am absolutely heartbroken for her new husband and their families.
Visitation and funeral were scheduled for Friday, which is the day I woke up with the nastiest illness that's hit me in quite a while. Needless to say, I did not attend, and really wish I'd been able to. I didn't take to the blog to make a sad post, but I did want to honor her in some small way. And since this week is "Freebie" week at Monday's Music Moves Me, I took to Christina's facebook page for inspiration. I found The Lasting Hope in her musical interests, and this is their latest single:
Since this is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here's one for him:
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