From: Donna Banta
Subject: Hello and Goodbye
Dear Gentle Readers,
I'm sorry that I haven't been bringing you any emails from the A-4 lately, also that I've neglected to read and comment on some of your blogs. I've been preoccupied. First I, and the many who knew and loved him, mourned the death of our friend, Kerry. Directly after that, Mark and I travelled to Austin to say hello to our newest granddaughter!
|Keya and her baby sister, Maya|
Then as soon as we returned, we were called to Salt Lake City to say goodbye to Mark's excellent father, Roger Wade Banta. He led an amazing life, was loved by many, and will be dearly missed.
At a time of such bittersweetness, I can't help but be reminded of how fragile and precious life is, and how essential it is to live one's life to the fullest.
I intend to begin by committing to write every day, do good deeds, walk on the beach, spend time with family, party with the ex-Mormons, and avoid all media coverage of the new pope.
How about you guys--any more suggestions?