I finally have the courage to post a photo of us together. It’s taken me this long to do so for many reasons. The most obvious is because we look so much alike, and it’s painful to be without my other half. We also look so incredibly happy because we were. We took this selfie during Blake’s birthday party last June at Angels Stadium. I want to warn those two smiling faces about what will happen in November. I want to tell them to hold on tight for the next several months because that’s all they will have together.
But the other reason it’s hard to look at photographs, or even videos for that matter, is Because Brooke is so much more than an image or a file.
The word for this is Quintessence: the essence of something in its purest and most concentrated form.
Brooke’s essence transcends photos and videos. For those of us who knew her well, it’s the way she made us feel when she walked into a room.
It’s the way her smile was like a light going on in our hearts.
It’s the way her overall silliness made us roll our eyes and giggle at the same time.
It’s how we can hear a song on the radio and fondly remember her wacky rendition.
It’s how we eat a cupcake and still look over our shoulder, waiting for her to mischievously stick her finger in the frosting.
Brooke’s Quintessence is alive and well in our hearts and our minds. And that’s where she lives – Forever.