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life is so fragile...

Life is so beautiful and precious, yet so very fragile. We go on about our day, over and over, without even giving it a thought. We take life for granted without even realizing it. Sometimes there is a wake up call...


This is dedicated to Lucina Partis, a student at Skyline High School in my home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She died last week in a one in a million freak accident at home. Her beautiful soul, literally here one moment and gone the next. I don't know how to express my sorrow. I didn't even know her, but I cried and cried when I read of her tragic death. Can't stop thinking about her. Can't even begin to imagine what her friends and family are going through. The pain must be unbearable if it hurts so much for someone who wasn't even blessed with knowing her.


Why is life so unfair? How can a beautiful, vivacious 16 year old girl get up in the morning as always and be gone from this Earth before bedtime? Why can't we rewind time and undo this terrible injustice? I need answers and there just aren't any.


Life is so fragile, so fleeting. It can be taken from us in an instant. Did Lucina have any idea when she awoke last Wednesday that it would be her last day on Earth? Any one of us could be in our last day, last hour, last minute at any given time and not know. There is a lesson to be learned here. Who better to give it than Lucina Partis?


Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. ~Stephen Vincent Benét


And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln


Though I did not know Lucina personally, I've been following the online dedications from those who knew and loved her. I can easily see that Lucina had much life in her short years. A truly beautiful soul who touched so many lives. She has touched my life deeply despite never having met her.


To the friends and family of Lucina, I am so very sorry for your loss. To Lucina, wherever you may be now, I wish I could have known you. Maybe someday I will, when my fragile life is over.


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Taken on December 8, 2011