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