Claire’s Day

Claire’s Day is a reading celebration in Toledo that is held once a year in honor of a 10 year old girl who went to summer camp and never came home. She had a cardiac arrest. I had been signed up to present for at least a year in advance. I went thinking it would either be a very good idea to go or would bury me in another wave of sadness. Turned out to be very good. It is wonderful the vibrant event that the Rubini’s have built in Claire’s memory.

Loved talking to the kids — although I must confess, I don’t think it was my best show of all time. I’m struggling with finding enough enthusiasm to breathe, let alone perform. But as usual, the energy comes from the eyes of the kids in the audience and they never fail me.

Two of my cousins, Karen and Debbi, and I are planning a Granny Camp in Tucson this summer. The planning emails are starting to fly back and forth. My own grandmother (who I called Gigi) used to say, “the living take care of the living.” And so we do, weaving the future out of frayed heart strings.

6 responses to “Claire’s Day”

  1. Debbie Cartwright says:

    You have been in my thouhts and prayers all day…please let me know when you are planning the “granny camp” in Tuscon. I am only an hour away and would love to see you…hug you and tell you how much you have influenced my life.

  2. Debbie,

    Thanks for writing. I wish you weren’t so far away, too. Write me backchannel at — I don’t think I have your email.

  3. Kelly W. says:

    Mom, Ben can’t wait for Granny Camp. Thank you for still doing it. He is looking forward to it so much.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I just visited your site for the first time in a while as you have been in my thoughts constantly for the last week. Michel and Derek and I spoke just recently of what you brought to our Gompers kids and to our hearts.
    Our hearts send love and prayers to you and your family and hope that you feel the strength that you have given to others supporting you in return. We love you. Melanie

  5. something to look forward to…a saving grace…

  6. Anonymous says:

    You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    I emailed you upon receiving your response to my first commet. Did you receive it??
    I hope to talk to you soon…need a number to reach you!
    Debbie Cartwright

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