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Kindred Spirits

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:20 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:24 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

My mother firmly believed that death came in threes. There was no dissuading her. Just as there had to be a piece of wood to knock on when commenting on fine weather or extolling the virtues of loved ones, she firmly believed that deaths, airplane crashes, and other tragic events manifested in cycles of threes. Until the third incident occurred, we were not safe; and that was that.

Her belief system may be attributed to more than mere superstition.  The world lost three exceptionally fine women this year:  Stephanie Freydont, Toni Thompson, and my mother, Virginia Pasquini. Although they never met, these three women certainly were kindred spirits. They were all very smart women who knew how to pursue a dream and manifest a vision. They were acute businesswomen and loving mothers. Although warm-hearted, these women were tough. They were tolerant, but opinionated. They spoke their minds. Each endured hardship and suffered loss. They could be deadly serious, yet they laughed heartily. They were excellent story tellers. They were courageous.

This dynamic triad of kindred spirits touched not only my life. Their influence extended far beyond themselves to touch the lives of many. I am sorry they had to leave so soon. Although each had already accomplished so much in her life, one can only imagine what other wondrous feats could be accomplished if only they had been granted immortality.