Supportive. Inspiring and motivating. Understanding, happy, loving, hilarious. Interesting. Open-minded. Beautiful. Cheerful. Reasonable, cynical when necessary.
(Kathy and her youngest son Johnny, playing at my graduation party last May)
I have been absent from this blog because my dad’s fiance, Kathy Neumayer, passed away on July 5 from cancer. The words above describe her in the most simple way possible, because the depths of her abilities as a woman cannot be explained in something as worldly as words. She made me see the potential in myself, and know that I should never settle for less. She beat breast cancer, raised two wonderful boys on her own, and helped developmentally disabled community members with such enthusiasm, you may forget what a trying job it was at times. My dad and her taught me what true love is, taught me about adventure and friendship. I miss her so much that it’s hard to even say the words. In fact, I think that’s the first time I have communicated that I miss her. I miss her, and it’s so strong, so much more than any other type of ache I have experienced. But I am becoming one of those people that truly believe she is watching over me and I feel crazy lucky, crazy blessed to have known her at all.
Rest in peace my dear.