Sunday, February 15, 2009

Karin Murphy: Dec 8, 1980 - Feb 2, 2009

Some of you may have heard, and some of you may have not heard. Karin Christine Murphy, also known as Gerd, passed away on February 2nd, 2009.

I can’t begin to explain how emotionally devastated I am, nor can I begin to tell you how much grief her family feels. She is going to be sorely missed by family, friends, coworkers, employers, classmates, neighbors, doctors, librarians, retail clerks, Starbucks, and me. Terribly missed.

This post is not meant to be insulting, flippant, nor belittling. For those of you who knew her, you know she would be offended if I didn’t write something about her. I could go on for days about how incredible she is, but I will keep it short and simple in this post. But please understand I have been writing pages and pages of things about her since that awful day.

I’ve been writing lists of things that Karin and I didn’t get to do, so her family knows we had made plans both long-term and short-term, some serious and some entertaining. I’ve been writing lists of things that Karin and I did get to do, so her family knows the time we had was special to both of us and we enjoyed each other’s company and grew as people. I’ve also been writing lists of things I’m going to miss about Karin, which includes quirky things that annoyed me and things I looked forward to every day.

Last night, M.Edium, who is 4, asked me if I was sad that Karin had died. It was painfully difficult to keep it together in front of him. I told him I was very sad that she had died. I hope he never has to find out how sad I really am.

Karin, I would have done anything for you.

Top 5 things about Karin Murphy
1. She is beautiful
2. She is intelligent
3. She is hilarious
4. She loves her family, dog, friends, and me (in that order)
5. She makes me feel special

The only bottom things about Karin Murphy
1. She’s no longer with us


Kevin said...

That is a perfect tribute Chad. She would have loved it.

Lora said...

Beautiful, Chad. You know she's thilled that you wrote it.

We miss you Karin. More than you could ever know.

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Nikki said...

Your words express to each of us how much you truely loved Karin and miss her. We were all very lucky to have her as part of our lives and she will missed tremendously by each and every one of us that had the pleasure of having her cross our path. I love you lil' brother.

Anonymous said...

We are sorry to hear about you and your families loss, loss of a loved one is always hard to go through, we will have you in our prayers. We came across your blog a month ago when doing a google search on some property for sale and the blog entry on the Chalet Motel in Duluth, MN came up in the search. We liked what you have written on so far.

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Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for the loss of someone who had the potential to be a great friend.

EnYa Face!

PS: I hope you keep the blog going!

Febrifuge said...

I've been putting off checking in on this, the blog I learned about on 'that day.' But this is a great note, and reminds me of the warmth, the fun, and all the other reasons it was dumb of me to wait.

It sucks that she's gone. Sucks hard.

maximillian_x said...

Chad - I know that you must have worked hard at forming just the right sentences to I'm sure the emotions are pouring out of you right now.

I for one am sorry that I did not have a chance to get to know Karin better, she seemed awesome. After all, she liked you, so you know that she was cool like that.

Chad - you and I have known each other for a LONG time, and I hope that if you ever need anything you can email/call me. We have history, brother. Even though we don't live close, I still feel that you are part of my family.

kyndred threads said...

You two were beautiful together. May you cherish the memories and find happiness in the time you shared.

Tandi said...

Chad, I have never seen you as happy as you were with Karin. She was a special person to bring that out in you. She is missed by all of us. I love you little brother.

Tandi said...

Chad, I have never seen you as happy as you were with Karin. She was a truly special person to have touched you so deeply. She is missed by our entire family. I love you little brother. Tandi

Lana said...

Very sweet Chad.

Ruby James Vita said...

I wish I could have met this fellow Sagittarian...

Brian said...

I teared up a bit, nicely done.

Anonymous said...

You are missed, KM!

EnYa Face!