–I think we ought to read words that stab us…words that teach us… words that wake us…. words that ax the frozen sea inside us—Franz Kafka
—-Can you name some significant moments in your life?
You know, those sort of moments where you were awakened, or love seeped so deeply inside you that you could feel it flowing thru your veins?
I’ve had those moments.
When I married Mr. Liverpool. When my children were born. When I found God.
When my big fat Italian family are together snorting, laughing, reminiscing.
…..I also had that moment when I clicked 65 Red Roses.
I had no idea what a blog was.
I had assumed it was one journaling & documenting insignificant shit about one’s insignificant life.
But here I was reading page after page, sentence after sentence, word after word about Eva Markvoort
And her story broke the frozen sea inside me.
…. cracked me wide open.
I fell in love.
And when I fall in love, I write about it, and then….
I call my sister, Kay.
“You must read about this girl, Eva Markvoort!” I screeched. “She’s amaaaazing! She has cystic fibrosos and she writes about it in her blog. She had a lung transplant, but the lungs are failing, and she’s a a loud advocate for the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis & Organ Donation. ”
I went on and on and on as I often do.
On Mar. 11th, 2010 at 12:59 AM- Eva wrote this:
i need to dwell there awhile tonight
i need hope
it is the only thing i live on and i am dancing in it tonight
i am rejoicing in hope
running skipping hopping tralala trippingly toppling in hope tonight
every day is one day closer
to starting my life anew
to waking up
breathing in ease
i am happy tonight
knowing i am hopeful
i have spoken my word earlier
poetry played pattering across my keyboard
too much energy
so much meaning
full of love and hope and the colour red.
Toward the end of her life, Eva connected to others through her blog.
Thousands of people were drawn to this “Life Force,” this “Mighty Voice.”
I realized then what a blog could be. How influential we are as bloggers. How we can offer…
Awareness. Laughter. Insight. Distraction. Connection. Hope. Communion.
Below is Eva saying goodbye to her readers. She had just found out from her doctors that her life was ending; her transplanted lungs had stopped functioning…. But Eva’s legacy will Never die.
Eva Markvoort died on March 27, 2010
Photo: Eva (from her blog “65 Red Roses”)
My sister, Kay was murdered two months after Eva’s death on May 26, 2010….. All of Kay’s organs