Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

March 30, 2006

with love, to Rachel

So here's what I want to say about Rachel (see previous post if you don't know who Rachel is). She was a Quaker who became a Baha'i and has a very interfaith sort of family. She was very smart and very funny. She would make literary references to classics in the course of everyday conversation that would make me wish I had been paying more attention in Humanities class. She had a very loving eye for children and was so kind and caring to everyone- she always called people 'dear'. She has a very powerful spirit, it seems to me, to be able to have such a deep impact on me when I visited her lately- even while she was unconscious! While sitting with her I would wonder to myself what she would want or what she would think of all that was happening. And what I came up with was that she was very brave about it and just too focused on getting to whatever comes after this life to be conscious in this life any more. She was almost there and she wasn't going to miss her chance to go join her husband (who had preceded her) and see what the next world was all about. I imagined her to be really excited and just working really hard on being patient and getting through the end of the whole body thing. And I knew she wouldn't want anyone to be sad or dramatic about it all- just simple and reflective and happy for her. I could hear her in my mind comforting me, 'It's alright dear. I'm fine. Are you ok? Don't worry." I'm sure she's very happy now- reunited with friends and family and welcomed with great joy to her new home.

Posted by Bahiyyih at March 30, 2006 06:57 PM

Thank you. Lovely posts, just lovely.

Posted by: Layli at March 30, 2006 08:24 PM

Deart Bahiyyih

??hen one of my favorite people was in a coma
I sang her favoite hymns to her and held her hand and it was very comforting to me and I hope to her. Sometimes we do the right things just by instinct I think. I have enjoyed Rachel a lot.


Posted by: Patty at March 31, 2006 07:52 AM

You wrote this so beautifully, Bahiyyih. It's good to remember and realize that you felt that time by Rachel's bedside was precious, just like I did. I felt immensely grateful to be there, especially with you and Heidi. It seemed I could feel Rachel's joy in nearing the Abha Kingdom. What a blessing!

Love, love, love

Posted by: Amy Eades at May 4, 2006 12:59 AM