Susan’s blog ToddlerPlanet was one of the very first I discovered, and quickly became my favourite. What a great name for a blog, and I loved her pseudonym “Whymommy” too.
She’s a scientist, and a mum like me – her younger boy and my Fainjin were born just a few days apart. She seemed like a kindred spirit, although I only knew her through her blog posts. She was sick, but fighting hard, and she got better for a while and I celebrated for her and her family.
When I started my own blog, I wasn’t sure of the etiquette about linking up, and I write her an email to ask her permission. She was very sweet to me, so welcoming, and even sent a tweet to her followers asking them to welcome me too.
But she’s like that. Sweet, and generous, and open.
Our friendship grew, through comments on each other’s blogs, and emails and twitter, and finally last year we got to meet.
I had suspected that, given the chance, we would be firm friends, the sort who could chat a morning away over a cup of tea, talking about everything and nothing, enjoying each other’s company unreservedly.
And I was right. We clicked. There were no awkward moments, it was like we had known each other forever. When it was time to go, we realised we would miss each other – and we’d only “known” each other for a couple of hours. Except that we knew each other pretty well online for quite a while before that.
Susan is a writer, a mentor, an advocate. She is a wonderful mother, perhaps the most present parent I have ever known. She is funny and caring and kind. She has taught me an awful lot, in ways she doesn’t know even know about – and more than likely in ways that I haven’t recognised myself yet. If I had to choose one word to describe her, it would be grace. She lives a life enveloped in that beautiful quality.
Susan is in hospice care now, at home. She is surrounded by the love of her family and friends, and the hundreds or thousands of people whose lives she has touched through her writing.
If you’d like to add a message of love, please leave her a comment here.
Susan, dear friend, thank you. For all of it. The science, the kinship, the laughter, and even the tears. This is not goodbye, I know you’re not ready for goodbyes yet. I certainly am not! But it is another beginning, another chapter. May hospice bring you relief and comfort, and more good times with your lovely husband and children.
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