Friday, February 12, 2010
Epitaph on a Friend
I've never actually done this before so I don't know how it goes, telling people who may not already know - who may know and be grieving - about the tragic death of one of us.
Yulanda Yee, beloved author of littlethoughts, died last night.
Not yet 30, she battled cancer twice in her life. She battled with grace. She battled with solitude. She battled with the love of her family and many friends. She battled with the inextinguishable adoration of her sweetheart, who fought with her to the end.
I don't know how to make sense of this. When an old person dies, it is sorrowful, but a full life was lived. When a person is born with terrible illness that stifles her growth and happiness, then death can be merciful. But where's the context in this?
Yulanda was a wonderful, talented woman. We enjoyed a rich online friendship and the opportunity to cement that friendship in a few special outings around our city. Her life is worth celebration - her many qualities.
So let's remember today: she took spectacular photographs, seen through the prism of an artist. She was always photographing food. You couldn't touch your food till she got 3 good pictures! She loved fashion and had a spectacular eye for it. She was kind and generous. She had gorgeous hair, long and flowy. She had small, gentle proportions, perfect for all kinds of vintage. She had a beautiful wide smile. She has been captured, still life, in the memories of everyone who knew her.
I know she's on to better things.
Much love, Y. I will miss you. xo