My previous post, Remembering Michelle Jackson, has seen more hits than any other entry on this blog. Any minute now, it is going to hit the 2,000 mark, which surpasses any other post.
UPDATE: As of February 7, the number of visitors had surpassed 5,000.
And it did so in record time - even the more popular posts here are "slow burns", taking weeks to amass anything near that. I am blown away by it though not terribly surprised, based on the massive outpouring of love and concern that I've been hearing in media, the community and reading at the In Memory of Michelle Jackson facebook site.
I think the number of visitors hints at how many people were touched by Michelle during her time with us. I expect there will be more in the days ahead.
I took the liberty of adding a couple more photos of Michelle, copied from the facebook tribute. In the first, Michelle is shown with partner Chris Panting, performing Henry V at Topsail Beach. The second is a cute demonstration of her witty sense of humour.
On this, the day of Michelle's interment, I will close with a comment by Lori Savory, one of the many touching messages that have been posted at facebook.
Today is going to be a rough day for everyone who loved and knew Michelle and Chris. I saw this quote, and I think it sums it up perfectly:
"Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance." - Margaret Mead
So, whatever it takes today - prayer, song, dance or love. Fill your boots.