A Life Well Lived

Up until now, this blog has been a space for Pam’s reflections about her life, and about her battle with cancer — as well as a place for old Captain Catholic to toss in a few thoughts about the way this whole adventure looks from my perspective.

I think it’s time, now, to open this blog up and make it a space for you to share your stories about Pam — your vignettes, your thoughts, your hopes, your recollections.  Help me try to answer the question, “What is it about this girl?”.  A husband can only see so much — but I see enough to know that my wife has made an enormous impact on the lives of the people around her.  Tell me the things that you see that I can not.

There is a ‘comments’ section at the bottom of this page, so — if you’d like — you can type your story there.  It can be any kind of story — happy, sad, amusing, amazing, even hum-drum.  It’s up to you!  What is it about Pam, or about your friendship with her, that you want the world to know?

Of course, typing into a ‘comments’ section can be a bit frustrating — especially when your internet service is suddenly interrupted.  If you’ve got a story you think is important enough to tell, you may want to type it into a document on your own computer and then ‘cut and paste’ it into the comments section.

Even better!  You might want to e-mail your story to me at captaincatholic@disciples.com.  I’ll make sure to get it up so everyone else can read it.  If you’re a little insecure about your writing style, you can ask me to do some editing; but since most of you write like Shakespeare already that probably won’t be an issue…

Don’t try to write everything that ever happened in Pam’s life.  Just include one memory — maybe 200 words, maybe 500, certainly not more than 1,000.  If you’d like, you can send me more than one memory — if you’d like, you can send a million — just make sure each one is short enough to be interesting.

Naturally, if you know someone else who tells a good story about Pam, be sure to show them this page and send out their story.  I’m hoping to make this page both informative and fun for all of us.

God bless you all for showing us so much love.  As somebody (I forget who) once said, “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”  By that criterion, Pam has a very, very good heart!

3 Responses to A Life Well Lived

  1. Molly K. Johnson says:

    Oh dear Paul. What is it about Pam? Good luck answering that one – I’ve been trying for ages. Let me know if you ever figure it out? I think God just lends us angels for a little while sometimes, as a gift, because of His incredible love for us. It’s the only explanation I could come up with. Pam and I were baptized on the same Easter, (I always get a kick out of that) at Sacred Heart and St. Brigid respectively. I always hoped it was His plan, and it just took Him a little bit longer to bring us together. Even through my tears today I find myself smiling and saying, “Lucky me!” How blessed, how grateful I am to have been given such a gift, to have known such an amazing person. I miss her, but how much more would I have missed had I never met her…it doesn’t bear thinking about. Thank you God for Your precious, precious gift.

  2. Deirdre Calvert says:

    Paul…
    You have been a shining beautiful beacon to marriage, love, devotion, and selflessness.
    I was devastated to hear of Pam’s passing this morning… I know you have been prepping all of us via your blog, but still…
    Pam, I only got to meet her a few times at PE functions where spouses are dragged, but she left quite an impression. Kind, funny, self deprecating, and had your number.
    I wish I had taken the opportunity to get to know her better and watch you both flit and float in your wonderful union. It was a beautiful coupling to watch.
    I admire you and your warm heart and know that there are people who only met Pam briefly and are better for meeting her.
    Much much much love to you and Angelica…
    Deirdre

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