Thursday, July 2, 2009

Remembering Megan

These past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. There has been an awful lot going on. Even though it has been a couple weeks, I wanted to take a minute to remember Megan Miller. Sadly, the one year anniversary of her passing was a couple Saturdays ago. She was way too young and WAY too good.

I got to know Megan very little in the past few years. She was an awesome wife and daughter, a writer, an artist. She particularly liked to work with stickers as I recall. One thing I could tell about her though is that she had an amazing capacity to love people. Megan hugged big. She made people smile and laugh. She affected people in the way that I wish I could. She seemed to be very sensitive, perceptive and understanding. A great listener. And even though she was tiny in stature (at least compared to an old grizzly like me), she walked, talked, and greeted people with great confidence.

Megan (blue) and her best friend Concetta (purple) were co-owners of AMBLE Gallery in Northern Liberties. Unfortunately, the gallery is no more. Over the past year or so, Concetta has become one of my best friends. I don't think I've ever had a friend that I've grown to trust so much in so little time. But for some reason, it feels natural. We look out for each other. For Christmas, our friend Lindsy asked that I draw a portrait of Concetta and Megan. I agreed but only if Lindsy would collaborate. I drew the picture above on sticker paper (in tribute to Megan) and colored it with ink and marker. We later fastened it to a photo that Lindsy took, then gave it to Concetta for Christmas. I posted this here because this is how I like to remember Megan - smiling. I really regret not knowing Megan better. But I am glad I got to know her the little bit that I did. I know I am much better off for it. Click here for a link to her website.