The request for day 2 really pulled on my heart strings. It takes a lot of courage and strength to go through as much heartbreak as Meredith and Patty did. I hope we can all help them through the love in our letters.
Mail all letters by December 20!
Tuesday, December 5
Patty and Meredith are a mother/daughter duo in need of encouragement + love as they face memories of loss during this holiday season. Their friend shared their story with us:
“I have been friends with Meredith since first grade–for fourteen years now. Meredith hasn’t had the easiest life. In first grade, her sister died. Even though a tragedy like this has the power to destroy any family, Meredith and her parents–John and Patty–became closer than ever. I was always struck with the amount of joy and love that they were able to have and I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with this beautiful family.
Our junior year of high school, tragedy struck again. Meredith’s dad, John, was diagnosed with glioblastoma–a brain cancer. This was devastating, but their family still stayed strong and didn’t let it get in the way of their love for each other. However, last year, John died a week before Thanksgiving and near Patty’s birthday. In his last moments, Meredith played his favorite song on violin and he went peacefully. Although John is gone, he is always with us in Meredith. Her snarky demeanor and humor is all John, and I’m sure he is more proud of her than words can describe. John always taught Meredith to be a kind woman, and to go through life living it to the fullest. I would love to give Meredith and Patty the gift of words, and not just my own. The holidays are coming up and I know that there are some dark days to come for them.”
Please join us as we write to Patty + Meredith and let them know that they are not alone.PLEASE MAIL ALL LOVE LETTERS BY DECEMBER 20 TO:
Meredith and Patty’s bundle
℅ Isabella J.
915 W 23rd St
Austin, TX 78705
My response for Patty & Meredith:
Dear Patty and Meredith,
If your beating hearts tell you anything today, it should be a reminder that every day is a blessing. I know you know this, having experienced such a recent loss of someone that you were both so close to, but your full hearts are reminders of the love you share with others. You are truly so full of love, and so deserving of love. Don’t let loss close you off to love. Maybe you’ve had some really tough days, or maybe you know that there are some tougher ones ahead, but you’re here. You are still filling your lungs with new air, seeing the same sun in a different light, and filling the world with your love. That means something.
Yes, you may carry the pain of your losses and the heartbreak they left in their wake, but don’t let that trick you into thinking that’s all you’ll ever feel or have. You’ll carry pain, we all do. Maybe you both more than most. That doesn’t mean you won’t also carry happiness, and love, and new and old memories formed from positive experiences. Life isn’t all black or white; it isn’t all happy or sad, or feeling great or feeling pain, or all success or failure. There are shades of grey and in-betweens. Don’t let the pain and darkness close you off to finding happiness and seeing the light. Live in the in-betweens; laugh when you want to, cry when you have to, and on dark days, remember that you will see the light again, and let the knowing that there will be gloomy days humble you and make you grateful on the bright ones. Live in the greys, because life is one big gigantic chaotic mess, and that’s the magnificence of it all. It’s a beautiful mess, and most importantly, it’s our mess.
I hope this New Year fills you with more light than you have ever imagined. I hope you find and wish on that perfect dandelion, the one still immaculately holding onto all of its parts as it waits for you, and that everything you wish for comes true, or at least gives you hope that someday, maybe far, maybe near, that one day, your dreams will become a reality. We’re rooting for you, you have a whole fan club here on Earth and in heaven cheering your names. We hope that you will realize that you are never alone in your struggles. We hope that you find love and connections, and that your past never holds you back from letting light in. You are strong, Patty and Meredith, and on your weakest days, remember how much love you carry in your heart. It’s enough love to make every dark day light again.
Sending even more sunshine and rainbows your way,
Please spread some cheer by sending a letter to Patty and Meredith, even if it’s only a sticky note saying “you got this.”