Dear Mr. & Mrs. Windt,
Very sorry to hear about Therese. My condolences to you and your family.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Windt,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Therese. I never met her, but her name is so familiar to me because you, Mrs. Windt, used to talk so much about her when you were my teacher. I know she was a lovely person who will be sorely missed.
To Mr. and Mrs. Windt and family
When I heard about Therese passing away, I couldn't believe it. It hit me so hard. I think about her several times a day. Sometimes I think, let me give Therese a call and then remember I can't. She was such a great person, why did it happened to her. She was my T, and I miss her. We had such great times, talking on the phone about Springsteen, Southside Johnny, U2 and Neil Young. When we went to rock concerts we always had a great time. She would always tell me about her babys (Dog and Cat). About Metro Access and how her day went at work. About "Seinfeld", at first she said she didn't like it, but after watching a few more episodes, she was hooked. It was great when we joined the bowling league. She was always better than me, but she wouldn't rub it in. When we would meet Matt Brooker at Springfield Mall and have lunch at Ruby Tuesdays and go see a movie.
I could talk to her about anything. It was like she could read me. She knew if something was wrong. I could ask her questions and she would just teach me and give me advice. Again I'm truly sorry about your loss. She was a great friend and person who was loved by many many people. I know that we will see each other again. I know she has moved on to a better place and does not have to endure the pain she did on earth.
"It's the brain damage thing" Therese replied.
I realized when we started dating that we hadn't operated in the same circles, would've never associated with each - didn't 'see eye to eye' on most things (so, we just never talked about those things LOL)yet we were "right" for each other. We briefly talked about this phenomenon once; the line from Tom Petty's "Refugee" brought it up: We both got something, we both know it, we don't talk too much about it. Therese said "It's that brain damaged thing."
What is that "thing"? That thing is not just the empathy that exists between those of shared circumstances, that "thing" what we consciously or sub-consciously shared with others of a similar condition. It's the passion that ensues because of a traumatic experience. We shared truly traumatic events, or passions with each other. And we didn't just share then with each others, but with everybody else who had suffered any traumatic experience in their life. And trauma's trauma, big or small.
We both realized that, and you've got to play the hand that's dealt. The corollary to that is "the house always wins." You know what, though? The house doesn't really win because we exist no matter because we are made in God's image and God is eternal.
It's the passion of existence.
Windt family - I was a Toastmaster with Therese during my 5 years in DC working for USDA-NASS. She was a great inspiration, her smile was cheering, and she was a wonderful person to be around. My condolences and prayers for you during these days.