28 March 2019

Remembering Dawn on the anniversary of her Birthday


portrait done from Dawn's last photo

We were so close, it's hard to think we never actually met.  Dawn Thompson breezed into my life, the belle of the ball - or so everyone thought.  Despite losing her eleven years ago, she lingers, still very much alive in my thoughts. 

And she gave me her sister Candy to watch over, to be my pal and constant companion.  I am facing losing another person dear to me--my husband--and Candy is right there at my elbow, giving me strength and support.

There is so much of Dawn in her novels.  I have discussed this with Candy--was she aware of how much of her was the fabric of her tales?  We both agree Dawn was totally unaware of these elements.  I recall our shared editor, Hilary Sares, saying she cried when she read the scene of the trees that were alive in Lord of the Deep.  A tree that ached to be a part of life, but with limbs rooted to the ground.  Or the angel in Lord of the Dark -- a poor thing couldn't sleep because his wings wouldn't retract.  Again, only to someone who knew Dawn closely would that make sense.  Dawn had the hardest time getting into bed every night, hard time sleeping because of the legs that no longer worked, the pain that dogged her every moment.

Dawn's high school graduation picture
Dawn's high school portrait

Never have I known someone so valiant in the face of adversity, never have I heard someone laugh at all that life flung at her.

I miss you, Dawn Thompson, but you “gave” me your sister.  Your last words to me was "Do not forget me."  How could I ever forget such a bright light in this sad sorry world?

Happy Birthday, special lady.









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1 comment:

Candy Thompson said...

What a beautiful tribute to Dawn!!! She didn't want to be forgotten and she never will be. I think of her so often and the stories she still had to tell...the conversations we still would have, but I'm grateful for the time we did have together. The first time she asked me to call you and let you know she was going into the hospital, she told me what a good friend you were and how nice you were. She was absolutely right about that. She was very lucky to have had such a good friend and I am very lucky to have such a good friend too!!! There aren't enough words to thank you for all you did for Dawn and for me as well. No one ever had a better friend!!!