Allison was larger than life. As children she led, I followed. That was the way. She always knew the coolest things to do. She never lost that spirit.. She could walk into a room and simply change the atmosphere by her arrival. Her smile lit up the room. She loved her family, especially her son, fiercely. I wouldn't want to be the poor schmuck that got between her and her son. She loved children in general and was such an amazing teacher the children, in her honor, used their little fingerprints to create flowers in art work used at her memorial service. She loved dogs, she loved life.
She loved life. John 10:10 states " The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that they may have life. and that they might have it more abundantly". The thief came to steal from Allison. He might have taken this earthly shell, but she has life more abundant than ever before thru Christ. That life the thief can never take away. We mourn for Allison. I know what her family is going thru and my insufficient words here will do little to ease that pain, but it's how I feel. It is my own tribute to my friend.
Life is short, We are not promised tomorrow. Don't lose those close connections to friends, and family. Make the time. Not face book or email, but real physical time. Put down your phones, computers, whatever, and enjoy precious time with those you love. You may not have another chance.
In the meantime. Allison, SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR! Love you!