I ran into the father in the park a couple of months later - one twin running around like kids do, the other laying in his lap. I never did find out what health issues that beautiful little girl had - all I could do was wish that something would turn around.
A few months ago I saw the family again. Their beautiful son with his bright, blue eyes in tow. A lump formed in my throat when I didn't see their daughter with them. But I didn't really know them, it had been a long time since we met, and I certainly didn't feel comfortable asking if everything was okay.
Last night I got an email from a friend who knows the parents - their sons go to the same school. It was a request for contributions for a public art project to honor the year anniversary of the death of their daughter, Lula.
I wish all the tears in the world that are shed for another parent's loss could alleviate their pain for even one second. I know they can't, but I'll let them fall anyway.
The following are the details of the art project. It really only takes a second. If you want to contribute, please follow the directions below and send a jpeg along to Lula's mom.
Here is a link to her blog as well. It is heart-breaking to read about such profound loss, but it is also such an amazing testament to a mother and father's love for their children.
REQUEST TO ROAN AND LULA READERS
I'd like to ask you all to contribute to a short, simple public art project of sorts in the days
leading up to the anniversary of Lula's death a year ago.
I would like you to write, paint, scrape, sew, arrange or otherwise imprint the name
"Lula" somewhere, anywhere, take a photo of your "Lula" and send it to me by Monday
evening (December 3).
You can tag it on a subway tile, write it in noodles on the kitchen counter, scrawl it in the sand,
or arrange post-it notes on your office wall. Any size and composition you want. Whatever
inspires you, where ever you are. Uppercase or lowercase letters are all good. Bonus points to
anyone with an airplane who can do that sky writing thing.
You don't have to spend much time on it at all- 5 minutes is plenty (although feel free to
spend as long on it as you want). You can do as many as you want but one is great.
Please send me the image(s) as a jpeg if possible. Please include:
Where you took the picture (ie my Living Room, Dayton, OH)
Email me by 9pm EST Monday, December 3 at:
Please Facebook this, forward it, and pass it on to any and everyone who might want to contribute.