i will miss you my friend. i am so grateful to have known you & to have had the privilege to call you friend for so long.
we met 30 years ago in 1992. we were just babies, juniors in high school drama (see first pic, Erin second from right, w/ me – w/ hair – just left of her). you were already a theatre veteran when i was cast in my 1st play, See How They Run. you were Penelope & i played the Russian Spy. i believe my first line to you & in the show was, “I vant your clodes (clothes)!” 😂
i fell into that show & into friendships that would last 3 decades. how can anyone be so lucky?!
we did other high school shows together & show choir, hung out at school dances & confided during rehearsal breaks. i watched as you followed your dreams & created a life you loved.
you loved life, you wanted to live, & you lived so deeply & passionately, more than so many of us. you brought us into your life, your artist’s journey – acting, directing, producing, creating, coaching, & your cancer journey – teaching us in your vulnerability, inspiring us w/ your courage, challenging us w/ your thirst for life & art. you were a passionate advocate who put into practice what she preached.
your happiness in your art & in your relationship & marriage to Bryn, gave me such joy, to see you filled w/ such joy & love.
i hold you in my heart & practice. i offer love to all who miss you in these moments & love you and called you dear, to Bryn especially & all who are family.
my friend, Erin, i offer the words of the Bardo Thodol:
“Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns – the original nature of your own mind, the natural state of the unmanifest universe. Let go into the clear light, trust it, unite with it. It is your own true nature, it is home.”
my friend, Erin, i offer the words of The Heart Sutra mantra:
“gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā!”
“gone, gone, everyone gone to the other shore, awakening, so be it!”
my friend, Erin, you are held in so much love!
love you, my friend!