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Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Heart

In his sermon yesterday, the pastor asked us if we had an "Easter Heart". In other words, is our heart strong and pumping, full of life? Has it loved? Has it broken? Has it resurrected?

The Easter heart made me think of my dear swimming friend Beth, who died in her sleep a few nights ago. She was only fifty years old, and one of the fittest people I've even known. Beth was a world-class swimmer, going 1:48 in the 200 yard Freestyle thirty years ago. That's an excellent time even today! She often impressed me with her toughness, particularly when I witnessed her breaking the master's world record in the 50 Freestyle.

Beth had a heart condition. Though her heart was full of life, love, and caring for those around her, her heart gave out. At this point I'm not sure if her heart problems led to her untimely death, but it seems likely.

Beth was a strong, independent woman. She would always pepper me with questions--she was truly interested in people--and seemed to know everyone on the pool deck. She held a demanding job as a video producer, involving travel and long hours, but somehow managed to progress toward her doctorate in Sports Humanities. We'd sometimes meet at the university library so she could work on her papers while I wrote my novel. She told me I made funny faces when I typed away at my laptop.

My face is now full of sorrow. Beth's heart has been broken. But on Easter Sunday, her heart has been resurrected too. Swimmer, friend, curious mind, accomplished woman. Beth will always live on, in my heart.

14 comments:

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Perhaps The Father wanted her valiant heart in a realm where no shadows fall or hearts murmur. Beth's face is full of warmth and humor. It is no wonder your own heart aches. No words can ease your grief now. My prayers are with you, Roland

Kyra Lennon said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Fifty is so young. :(

Jennifer Lane said...

Roland, thank you for your beautiful response. A "valiant" heart is a perfect description for Beth, and I'm glad that you got a sense of her from her photo.

Kyra, I appreciate your condolences.

nutschell said...

So sorry for your loss. Beth must be happily swimming with angels now.

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Sounds like her spirit was equally strong.
You asked about the IWSG. There is a tabbed page below my header that describes the group and holds the sign up list.

Jennifer Lane said...

Nutschell, I love that comment. If anyone is happily swimming with angels, it's Beth.

Alex, thanks for the info. Off to check it out!

Laura said...

I'm so sorry for your loss - hold your beautiful friend close in your heart.

Laura x

Nicki Elson said...

May she truly rest in peace. She sounds like such a wonderful person - there can be no doubt she's in paradise now.

Jennifer Lane said...

Laura, thanks so much for stopping by and for your condolences.

Nicki, Beth did indeed fill me with wonder!

Wanda said...

I have never thought about having an Easter heart before. My condolences to you. May her beautiful memory live on.

Jennifer Lane said...

Wanda, that's one reason I love sermons--they help you view aspects of life and faith in a different way! Thank you for your support.

Dawn Malone said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Jennifer Lane said...

Thank you, Dawn. Heading over to check out your blog now.

Julie said...

Oh, I'm very sorry for your loss. 50 is so young, what a tragedy. I hope you can take comfort in the great memories you have with your friend.

 


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