I’ve been quiet here this week and I’m overdue for a funny story, silly picture, or random post. But today I learned of news that literally extinguished any small or trivial or jokey thing I had lined up. Everything got quiet. Everything was put into perspective. And I can’t joke or make light tonight after knowing what I know.
A small town and a wide world lost a beautiful three year old sweetheart, Estelle Martinez, today to the worst kind of brain tumor. It was the kind that there’s no reasoning with, the kind that no matter how hard you try you can’t convince otherwise, and the kind that you want to kick, punch, bite, scratch, tear apart and scream at from the top of your lungs to the bottom of your soul.
I didn’t know sweet Estelle personally but I, along with a whole community, fell in love with the sweet and funny little darling as her mother, a friend from high school, shared their ups and downs. We all prayed, hard, and there’s no way that the universe didn’t hear us. Those prayers won’t stop now. I will continue to hold Estelle’s mom, Alicia, and her dad and brother and whole family in my heart as they go through this unimaginably difficult time.
I’ll probably come back to the funny story or silly topic some other time, but it wasn’t right tonight. Tonight, I think only of Estelle and her family.