One day Anni was twirling and singing one of her original compositions.
"It's my gift!" she declared.
Dizzy, she fell with spectacular gracelessness.
Laying on her back on the tile floor she began flapping her arms and legs
as if she were making a snow angel.
"Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

dirty rotten liver blues

The world lost Haley last night at the terribly tender age of 11. She was the girl who penned and sang "The Dirty Rotten Liver Blues" to capture life with liver disease, among many other songs collected on Haley's Hits. She was the child who lived through a brain bleed, and when warned that another bleed might affect her sense of touch, responded "Well, as long as it's not my sense of fashion." She was the girl who wanted to start a charity offering cool hats to kids who had lost their hair in the hospital as she had, and offered the following hospital style tip, "Never let a neurosurgeon cut your hair." She was the girl who inspired some of the most amazing, heartbreaking, and belly-laughable stories as told by her mother, Cheryl. My heart is well and truly broken. To all of Haley's family, and also to the large circle of friends and fans that Haley inspired these many years, I send you my deepest sorrow and my fervent hope that you find some peace, somehow. Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your daughter with all of us. She was a wonder.


Blogger Yankee T said...

Aw, Moreena, it makes me so sad. I cannot imagine how it makes you feel, since I only just met Haley in your post.

10/02/2005 9:29 PM  
Blogger liz said...

I don't know what to say.

I'm so sorry.

10/02/2005 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. May she rest in peace. Such a young girl to have touched so many. I hope someone caries on her dreams . . . my heart goes out to her family - and you too Moreena.


10/03/2005 6:41 AM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

I am so sorry. May she and her family come to find peace. My prayers are with everyone touched by this beautiful angel.

10/03/2005 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Rowan said...

I am always at a loss when I hears such news.

How sad, and yet what a tribute to life she was. It sounds like she lived a deep life, if not a long one.

Still, so sorry...

10/03/2005 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Beanie Baby said...

How tragic. I'm so sorry, for you and for her family.

Have you ever read Connie Willis's novel "Passages"? There is a little girl in it (not quite 11) who is facing a fatal illness and, although I only know Haley from your post here, reminds me of her.

10/03/2005 2:19 PM  
Blogger jo(e) said...


10/03/2005 3:56 PM  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

I'm so, so sorry.

10/03/2005 6:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I think we all (classkids family) where very heartbroken about this. Haley was a ver special little girl and will always be remembered, and her beautiful angel voice will always be heard.

10/03/2005 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Lisa and Aiden said...

Beautiful passage about Haley. I am missing her right now as I type this.

Time to go hug our kids. No matter what I just sometimes want to stomp my feet and just cry, "It isn't fair!" But none the less, it is what we are dealt.

hugs to you and your little angels

10/12/2005 11:10 PM  

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