I lost a friend. She was crazy-smart, very kind, thoughtful, and generous. She was a caring person who I had the good fortune to meet while I was living in CA (before moving to MI). Even after I’d moved we would often post on each other’s walls and message privately on Facebook. We were going to go camping together, someday. She loved my tiny trailer and envisioned living a simple, downsized, even possibly off-the-grid kind of life someday. I came very close to being able to visit her one last time but was just a bit too late… I was 11 days away from driving through the city she lived in. She passed away unexpectedly last June.
One of the last conversations we had on Facebook was one where she had shared she had found a group of people who were a new community that welcomed her into their fold. When I told her my idea to start an origami folding club, she whole-heartedly encouraged me to do so. She believed being part of a community could be a good thing.
One of her all time favorite pictures, the night she met Woz.
It took about a year but I did it. The folding club’s first meetup was last Saturday. In my heart the club is for the people of West Michigan, but it will also always be a bit of her legacy because even though she’s gone, her support and encouragement will always be a part of it.
I miss our chats and I miss you Elle. You are gone but not forgotten 😦
To see the schedule and RSVP to be a part of the West Michigan Origami Folding Club you can visit its web-page or join the Facebook Group:
Our hosting venue is the:
Kent District Library
200 N Monroe St
Lowell, MI 49331
The dates of the club’s next meetup is:
Saturday, July 15th 9:30-11:30 AM