I would like to share this email that I received from Paul Beacham, Barbara's husband. I would also like to thank Michael, author of the blog, “SummersTommy,” for suggesting that I let Paul know what Barbara's friends on WordPress, did for her. Thank you to all of you who participated in the tribute to Barbara. The email from Paul Beacham:
“As I read the stories written by those that knew Barb, and most probably only through their keyboards, I realize how she touched others. My eyes swelled and filled with tears as I read each tribute. She had cultivated a group of wonderful people and I wish she had more time to share with all.
Each one that participated in her Monday’s Finish the Story gave Barb another reason to go on and fight her medical issues. Her blogs were a therapy that I knew, as well as saw, helped her. She would occasionally read out loud some of the responses she received, laughing all the while. Each person touched her in some fashion.
Sadly as I read, tears running down my face, I couldn’t muster the emotions to thank each author on an individual basis, I would probably have shorted out the computer keyboard as the tears dropped from my face. So I ask if you could send a group thank you on my behalf to all those that wrote such kindness and captured the essence of a unique woman.
She had, no has, a wonderful group of people in her life and to each and every one of you I need to say thank you for being a part of it, and for expressing yourselves in a way that gave Barb pleasure.”
To all – thank you so much
Paul, several of us felt we wanted to do something special for Barbara, so we did a special writing challenge in her memory. If you click on the url below, it will take you into the grid where the stories are that are written in her honor.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. You have our deepest sympathy. PJ