|November 2011. Photo by Olive Murphy.|
It is impossible to know the depth of Colette's influence on the many, many lives she touched as an artist, teacher, sister, daughter. I do know that she has been inspiring and encouraging me for over a decade in ways that I can and can not express. Her sister spoke of how surprised both she and Colette were to see such an outpouring of love when the news got around that she was sick. It made me sad to think that this could come as a surprise because, while Colette had her share of difficulties in this rough world of ours, she was, as one friend put it, a ten-foot tall YES that came around just when we needed it most.
I had the good fortune to be able to spend time with her almost every other day this past month as her illness took its final form. This I can say: she was giving until her last breath.
I miss her so much already.
Thank you, Colette, for everything.