Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Remembering Gesa

For those of you who don't know, Gesa Maria Lamers was a friend of mine in high school. She had that uniquely German combination of compassion, intelligence, and hardass-ness. She was a lovely person, shockingly intelligent, loyal, and blessed with a wicked sense of humor. After doing her med residency with a largely Native American population in south-central Colorado (Pueblo, specifically), she had settled into life as a baby-birthin' doctor in western Idaho near Boise with her husband and their belovéd daughter Aylin.

On 26 March 2008, Gesa and Aylin were driving along Piscataway Road near Clinton. A driver crossed the center-line and hit Gesa's car head-on. Aylin suffered substantial injuries but survived. Gesa was not as fortunate; she died at the scene of the accident.

Gesa and Aylin had been visiting Gesa's mother Elisabeth and brother Yermo for the traditional Lamers family Easter Bonfire in southern Maryland; in 2008, western Easter fell on the 23rd, just three days before Gesa's death. While it is perhaps consoling to know that the family had one final holiday together beforehand, I can only imagine the pain which will be with them for the rest of their lives and how it will forever be linked to the Pascha.

As we move toward celebrating His Resurrection, let us pause to remember the pain of the cross. And let us send some love to all who grieve the loss of a loved one; may the knowledge that His sacrifice has given our loved ones eternal life bring peace to us all as we continue to grieve.

Gesa, your friendship made me a better person. Thank you for that.

Ich vermiss' dich, Liebchen.

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