Sorry I didn't post anything yesterday folks. My head was not in it. I had to go to a memorial service yesterday for a student I knew at Western Oregon. He was 25 and a very talented artist in multiple mediums. I knew his cousin and through his cousin I met him. He donated several pieces of his art to a fund raiser that my MUN club did at school and I was always amazed at the quality of work he put out as well as the sheer volume of it. He seemed to always have new stuff out.
So needless to say. It was kind of a rough day yesterday. There was a lot of people at the service ranging from members of Mark's family to other past and present students at WOU as well as several members of the faculty. It was a nice service and it was obvious that people really loved Mark and will miss him.
I do not have anything witty or poignant to say about all of this. I am still kind of processing what it means when someone dies and the different ways that people use to cope with it. There really wasn't a message to the service yesterday. It was mainly people remembering the good things about Mark and good memories. I just hope his family and his really close friends are able to keep remembering those things and can continue to value those memories as they move forward. I hurt for his sister as she talked about being alone now and not having Mark any more for the rest of her life.
I am going to stop there otherwise I will just continue to ramble on. I will talk to you tomorrow. I hope it will be a little more coherent.