>memorial service for a local woman. Her name was Lisa White and had been
>missing from her apartment Sept. 1 and found dead Sept. 5th. A suspect
>is in custody and has been implicated in her death.
> With the world as it is today, missing people and ***s have sadly
>become commonplace. I had heard about her disappearance on TV and
>remember thinking that she looked like a nice lady and I hoped she was
>ok. For me that is quite a reaction. I saw her picture in the paper and
>on the news for a few days, one had her standing in water with a dolphin
>next to her, she looked really happy. Over the next few days they have
>found her body and soon a suspect.
> I was sad because for some reason I had actually been looking at her
>as a real person not just a news story. Today's story about the memorial
>service read as many do with family and friends gathering at an ocean
>front park to remember her life. In the story a lady from nearby
>Sebastian said, "She was a real person, any time you were around her she
>was happy." I was not surprised, I had seen that just from the pictures.
>That could have been what made her more than a face on TV to me.
> Then I read this remembrance from a friend and co-worker, "Her dream
>was to win the lottery and buy a motor home, then go to the theme parks
>and close the park for the day so her friends could ride the roller
>coasters all day. She used to talk about it all the time." I was really
>stunned by this, like many of us I share this dream.
> Lisa White could have been a friend to any one of us, including me.
>She shared with us a love of the good things that roller coasters and
>parks bring into life. She had many other interests including skydiving
>but I find it comforting that she found enjoyment in coasters and wanted
>to share that with friends. I understand and share those feelings and
>that makes her that much more *real* to me.
> I find myself saddened in a way that makes me wonder about myself and
>I ask myself many questions. Why did I notice her and not the
>unfortunate others whose photos I see in the media daily? Are those
>people any less real than Lisa White? Is the fact that she liked
>coasters why I feel sadness or is it the person she was? How can one day
>I find humor in a mans death at PGA but shed tears the next for the
>death of another person I did not know?
> I feel I will be looking at these questions for quite a while and hope
>I find out more about myself along the way. As for Lisa White I offer a
>prayer for her friends and family, and also prayer for her (and us) that
>there are roller coasters in heaven.
>Thanks for sharing this with me,
I find this.
user wipes away tears and thinks a long, long while....
john cline ii who is eerily moved by this post, and will never be quite the same
because of it.....