Over the past 5 days, I've been in Murrieta, California with Travis. His mom passed away a week ago today...That's the reason that I've been all about living life to the fullest. You just never know when it could be rapidly taken from you. It has also taught me not to take the people who are in my life for granted.
All too quickly, it can just be over...I only met his mom Lorrie one time. I met her when Trav and I had only known each other for a a little over a week...Looking back, I'm so glad that I met her. It's after going to her service, I know what a truly amazing person she was and I can only hope to learn from her example. I think the most amazing thing that I learned about her in the time that I spent there with Trav and his family was that she saved everything. She has pictures, her kids old sports jerseys, paper work, old family trinkets, things for her childhood...everything.
It has inspired me to make plans to go home and get together all of my random junk that I've kept throughout the years like bagage claim tickets and receipts from the big things I've bought and actually do something with it all. That may seem silly, but because she kept all that stuff, she has some amazing keepsakes for Trav and his brother. She was also really organized. I could learn a lot from her.
At her funeral, the city that she worked in gave her a proclomation. This was probably the most inspiring part of it all. Residents of the city were calling the city insisting that they do something to honor her memory. As the marketing director at Chick Fil-a she created relationships with her customers. I was completely blown away by the number of people who came up to Travis and shook his hand and said "I was a customer at Chick Fil-A."
That is the kind of person I want to be. Some who leaves such an impression on other that it actually does make the world a better place. With that being said, a Go Fund Me account has been set up for donations to help the family...my family with the cost of her services. If you feel like living by Lorrie's example, please click the link and donate what you can. It means more to Lorrie's family than you can possibly imagine.
If you live in the Murrieta/Temecula/Riverside ish area, there will be a fundraiser on Novebember 20th at Chick Fil-A in Murrieta where Lorrie worked. A portion of the entire day's profits will go to family.
We'll miss you, Lorrie...I wish I could have had the chance to get to know you better.
Katie @ Chalk it up to Better Luck