When I found about the all-too-soon passing of Laurie Manny first thing this morning, my heart dropped seemingly to the floor below me. My mind raced with a mulitude of thoughts and the ever common question of, "Why?"
While my soul felt like it had just been hijacked by a looming darkness eclipsing any light, the saving grace I found was in the posts and outpouring of comments in her honor and memory. Still deeply saddened, I thought of all the memories I had of Laurie and her contributions ... not only to this forum but to my own life.
It wasn't all that long ago when I was a fresh newbie in these parts and would mix in with the occasional off the wall posts between Mortgage Posts. Yes, I did write about Real Estate pretty consistently at one point. Well, there was one particular eve when I was feeling a bit "edgy" and off the wall and decided to play a little self-deprecating prank. Without going into specifics, the post led to me being banished from the forum. The talk among the high-ups at the time was that the banishment would be permanent. As it turned out, that obviously didn't happen. And you know who played a large part in my getting a second chance to try and behave myself? Laurie "Freaking" Manny, that's who. An email led to a correspondence that brought an unexpected friendship into my life.
I remember late one Friday night well after the "incident" when we talked for at least an hour about everything under and above the sun. Laurie was one of the few in any facet of life that intimidated me. Perhaps that's because I was pretty confident that she knew her shit, or maybe it was because her knowledge & passion was only outweighed by the depth of her humanity.
Over a month ago, I was so excited when I saw her face pop up on my subscribed-to list. She hadn't been nearly as active around here as she once was. But I could darn sure bet that anything typed from her end of the spectrum was something I was going to read and take heed to.
For those who also knew her, feel free to share a Manny Memory ... she touched many a blogger and many a life. And Laurie, if you are up there reading ... I only swore once as I write to honor you, and I'm totally sober. I know, you're disappointed in me. I love you Laurie Manny!