by Natalie Baird
"Time is no friend, it will not slow things down that
are moving. Where it has given hours, days, years, it
will not yield moments. Where it has given moments
so freely and with abundances, it now gives eternity."
- Albert French
Pia is physically gone. Friends talk about her
strong presence. We all feel her spiritual presence, but
in our pain we lose touch with that physical magnetism
she held. We want to see the flash of her smile ignite
the room. We want to feel the silence that subsided
after Pia walked by us. We want to feed off her zest for
life. The contrast between her physical magnetism
and her spiritual magnetism is so different for us.
Time will only make her spirit stronger, time will only
heal the pain that weighs us down, hour by hour,
minute by minute. Time has given us an eternity to
relate with Pia in new way.
Pia is spiritually present. I can hear her ask
me questions about my work, and I can see her
scrupulously preparing a suitcase for vacations--each
shirt and sock ironed and folded. When I look at her
photo albums I can remember how she was always
behind the camera. She wanted to capture every gesture
and every smile of her family and friends. I can even feel
her sense of purpose, ambition, and focus she had for
her life. I can feel this all around me. I am happy that she
left such a strong impression, because I'll feel her more
and miss her less.
Pia, thank you for your beautiful family and
for being the unique person you are.
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