Devastating news this week, Anne Marie in Philly died after a short illness. We met in person a couple of times, at a Blogger gathering a few years ago and for lunch in September 2019. If the Warrior Queen liked you, you knew it. She was a constant commenting on blogs, sending birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards. We had been trying to work out meeting in August for lunch. Her weekly Dance Party postings were legendary and showed her diverse taste in music. Her periodic "Hurls" truly revealed the depth of her feelings.
Five things I learned from Anne Marie?
- Origin is not destiny, you are not the family you came from, you are the family you make for yourself.
- When life gives you a second chance be fierce and grab it by the horns (or anything you can get a good grip on!)
- Don't accept the excuses of the haters, ever!
- If someone does not treat you with respect, say "fuck dat" and move on.
- Love everyone who treats you with dignity and respect.
Dance like no one's watching.
Sing like no one's listening.
Sing like no one's listening.
My heart breaks for Todd, the love of her life.
Life is fragile. Take care of yourself. Have fun along the way. Don't let others limit you. Don't tolerate hate. Be fierce, be a Warrior.
Sweet and sad post. One of my biggest regrets was missing that Bloggerpalooza and missing a chance to see “old blogger friends” again and meet new ones like you and Wicked Hamster.ReplyDelete
We could figure out how to gather again, those who are left, and those who are newDelete
A great post and photo!ReplyDelete
She was a trouper xxReplyDelete
She survived a lot, and found happinessDelete
About the third tribute I've heard to Ann Marie. She must have been very special to so many.ReplyDelete
She was kind to manyDelete
Those five things we can all learn from.ReplyDelete
She was a role model in many waysDelete
Thank you Travel for this lovely tribute. I would still be interested in meeting up somewhere when you are in the area. Reach me at my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.ReplyDelete
P.S. The photo is a wonderful memory! Thank you for your friendship with regards to Wicked Hamster.
Todd, we will try to get up there sometime this year, such a pretty area.Delete
That was lovely, Sweetie!ReplyDelete
Great tribute and fab photo! I'd forgotten about her "Stand back, Imma gonna hurl!" diatribes -- always fun to read!ReplyDelete
Some real classicsDelete
I'm so sorry for your loss. This is such a wonderful tribute. Those are five very important lessons to learn.ReplyDelete
She would have loved meeting youDelete
Being a Warrior was her best lesson, just ahead of dancing in all its forms.ReplyDelete
We should plan a dance partyDelete
I regret I was never able to jump out of a cake for her one day. In drag or otherwise. I have some of the same lesson taken from her.ReplyDelete
Somehow I can see you doing that! We need to put together a blogger gathering in her honorDelete
She was fantastic.ReplyDelete
She made me laugh like few people can.
And you are right, we should have a blog gathering in her honor. Totally.
The Anne Marie Road Trip Mystery Tour.