My niece, Jill, is hysterically witty and fun and unique. She just attracts smileys, fun things out of nowhere. Sometimes I sit and reminisce about her and her stories and laugh out loud (LOL) all by myself.
She has this little voice, this lilting, melodic, soprano sound — or maybe it’s just high and squeaky — although after two children and the endless amount of speaking it takes to get them to put their coats away (not counting toys, clothes, food, etc.), the tiny little voice may have deepened. But the little girl with her Mommy in the department store where Jill worked at the time was enthralled with her… and her voice. She stood and stared for a long time, listening as Jill talked to the customers, and finally asked, “Are you Snow White?”
Then there was the co-worker that kept walking by Jill’s desk calling her a “hoe.” So one day, when Jill had had enough, the girl came by, stood at Jill’s desk, and said, “Hoe.” Jill looked her in the eye as she finally retorted, “Shovel.”
She also got the Meme hair: thin and fine. My mother always complained about her hair and always described it as thin and fine. When Mom would call the house, my husband would say, “Thin-and-fine’s on the phone.” So now, with Meme gone, Jill is Thin-And-Fine.
Or at least she was until the chemo took it, left her head barren and void of any hair at all. But it couldn’t get her spirit. Nor could the radiation she had to endure for weeks. The pain that comes with all the “cure” couldn’t flip her unflappable determination to be well and “kick cancer’s ass” as the flair buttons proclaim.
Last time I talked to her on the phone, she still sounded like Snow White to me, and her facebook page is filled with one-worder witticisms. Her hair is beginning to grow back, and I can’t wait to see the outcome of the outgrowth!
http://ww5.komen.org/ (if it doesn’t link, just copy and paste)