Mary loved her birthdays. The celebrations began early in the morning. Numerous times she gathered friends to a party. Her passion for life and celebrating every day was infectious to many. Her example of purpose went far beyond her years. It came from a deep perception of her CF journey that was unique, honorable, and an example to follow.
This is the book and bookmark that Mary had when she arrived Jul 16, 2017, in Durham, NC. A number of pages were highlighted, dogeared, and annotated. Mary never gave up on learning more about herself and life. What a great reminder. Thank you, sweetie.
You loved the Fall. It reminded you of your birthday coming up. When you were young, we would put up birthday decorations for you, Miranda, and Michael near Miranda’s Oct 8th, I think, and leave them up until Dec 27 for Michaels. His was a month after yours on November 27th.
Did you know Mary loved to eat at Mongolian Grill? It is a restaurant where you load up a bowl with a selection of meat and veggies and toppings. Then you take that to a cook who puts in on a giant circular grill and mixes it over the heat until perfectly created.
Mary loved to pile it as high with meat as she could because she wanted to eat as many calories as possible to help offset her CF. Her entire life, she had a strong purpose to care for herself. Not an easy feat when you know the outcome in advance.
Mary was courageous beyond the average person. She kept her goals mostly to herself. She would let everyone know when she wanted something when ready. A very loving spirit her entire life.