This food blog was originally started for food, fun and silliness, which is what I have always strived to do. I’m not here to bring anyone down or get too serious, because let’s face it, there is enough ickiness in the world that we’re constantly being inundated with that I don’t think it’s necessary.
Just for today though, I am going to break my no-serious stuff rule.
A little over 2 weeks ago my baby sister April passed away very suddenly from pulmonary hypertension that she had only been diagnosed with the day before. She had been unwell for over a month, and even after a million blood tests & scans, the doctors were unable to peg what the culprit was. Even now, all they can guess is that she had a genetic predisposition to it, AKA doctor for, they don’t know why she got it. I think I can say on behalf of my entire family (and a whole lot of friends) that we are all still very much in shock, because just 3 months ago she was completely fine.
Today would have been her 25th birthday.
I guess being the youngest of 6 sets you up to be the most unique, and I would certainly say that about her haha. The epitome of artsy, she could draw, taught herself to sew, to knit, made elaborate costumes to attend Dragon Con in, acted, could play multiple instruments and sing, and was a huge lover of music (a definite trait shared in the family). She loved games (especially Zelda), cosplay, anime and was a fellow Ravenclaw and all around Potterhead. A lover of food too (not that you would know by looking at her) she was a much better baker and cook than myself. The last conversation we had was about what restaurant we were going to take her to for her birthday and what she was planning on ‘stuffing her face with,’ after she was well again.
There was not an animal that she was afraid of, nor were they afraid of her, I mean, who has had multiple hummingbirds land on them, let alone even one in a lifetime? She worked in several veterinary offices over the years and they always called her in to ‘handle’ the especially skittish animals, which basically meant they loved & trusted her immediately.
She was the quintessential fairy child from the time she was born, constantly drawing people to her, and would hands down do just about anything for a laugh, especially since she loved to laugh so much herself. That is definitely a wonderful memory I will always have of her, that big raucous laugh (and big raucous belches I might add) from this teeny tiny girl.
I’ve never been able to stand the phrase ‘that’s not fair’ because there are always people who have been dealt a worse hand than I could ever imagine, so I will avoid ever saying that in regard to her very shortened life here on Earth, because she had almost 25 years of fun, friends, laughter and a whole lot of people who loved her and will miss her for the rest of their lives.
I hope to do her memory justice by fully celebrating her life instead of only mourning her life. Easier said than done, especially at this time, but already I’ve had numerous friends of hers reach out to me to share wonderful memories of her as well as the time that my family and I have spent exchanging hilarious stories of her antics too. Losing a loved one so young and so unexpectedly really sucks (to put it mildly), but knowing April and her penchant for never mincing words would probably tell me to ‘put my big girl panties on’ with one hand on her hip and wagging her finger at me with the other. The odds are also pretty good she would throw in a swear word or two for good measure haha.
So, April, I raise my glass and a piece of Publix cake (one of your favorites) and wish you a very very Happy Birthday little sis, I fully expect you to greet me in Heaven with a sarcastic remark about my late arrival and a puppy in hand.
All of the wonderful photos of April in the snow are courtesy of Lee Workman of Workman Reflections Photography.
If you feel so inclined, please feel free to donate in April Jordan’s name for a place she really loved, Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue.