It’s been a tough week for bloggers in my world. We have a tight knit blogging group in North Iowa and on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the midst of a snow storm, one of our bloggers died in a terrible weather-related car accident after attending our monthly Social Media Breakfast.
Amy was a young, beautiful, talented woman who welcomed me into the world of blogging. I’m still pretty new to so many aspects of this world and she, in my opinion, was a genius with this stuff. I attended a previous meeting where she presented a number of apps and techniques that I was certain would improve my blog by leaps and bounds. I told her afterward that I needed to master those concepts but it was too much for me to comprehend the first time through. She breezily told me she’d share the powerpoint with me but of course, that didn’t happen before her tragic death.
Another time, at a birthday lunch for one of the bloggers, she shared with me that school had been difficult for her. I was surprised, to say the least, because this young lady was so knowledgeable and poised that I would have thought everything came easily to her. Her sharing that piece of personal information increased my admiration for her.
The visitation last night, March 1, was amazing. There must have been at least 800 people waiting two hours or more to offer their condolences to Amy’s family. What a tribute in this fast paced impatient world we currently inhabit. Today, the church was filled to capacity and the service was, without a doubt, the most moving I’ve witnessed. Amy’s cousin eulogized her with love, grace, and humor and the minister read a letter from Amy’s fiancee, Spenser, that expressed the depth of love every woman longs to hear from her beloved.
I was not a close friend and I haven’t known Amy for a long time but I am forever changed by knowing her and for that, I am grateful. That is Amy’s gift.