This week a very special woman passed away. Bonnie Barrett was very influential in Larry’s life. She was the mother of his best friend, and she truly loved him like her own. With her gone, the world is a little less bright. She was an amazing woman in many ways, and her influence was like a pebble in the river, rippling and touching so many. She loved to teach, and she loved to learn new skills. She loved competition and she always had faith that you could accomplish anything you set out to do. She loved to laugh. She loved to talk and share her insights and experiences, and we are richer for it.
The kids knew Bonnie — Elliot better than Merrie, perhaps — but they both have good memories of her. When they started crying upon news of her death, I hugged them tight, but then I told them that Mrs. B — or BonnieBarrett (one word run together) — didn’t have much use for tears. If they wanted to honor her, they should go play basketball or soccer, or go ride their bikes and explore someplace new. They should challenge themselves to try something they’ve never done before. That’s the best way they can honor her.
We are heartbroken being so far away from Tennessee and being unable to do anything other than remember her in our hearts and hold her loved ones in our prayers. Her sudden illness and passing took many of us by surprise. I am glad she did not suffer or linger long in an incapacitated state. I know she would have hated that. Her body is at rest and her spirit has moved on into the Universe. I know her energy and force will continue to influence those whose lives she touched. I’ll see you in the sunsets, Mrs. B. We love you.