I wish I had enough cards and postage to send one to everybody who reads this blog, so please consider this the online version. The cards featured the same photo I'm posted below, and I'm also posting the text we had printed inside. I mean every word of it, because the comments on and e-mails about this blog have been a real lifeline to me this year.
Several months ago, I posted this poem by Rabindranath Tagore, and this line still comes to mind every single time someone extends a kindness to me, especially when it's someone I wouldn't have met or someone I wouldn't have become close with if it weren't for Eliza: "They who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart."
I hope you guys know it. How much it matters, what a difference it makes, how your kindness brings Eliza close to me. Every comment, every e-mail, every note, every gift. You've helped me hold my Baby Duck in my heart all year long, and you've listened to every whispered hope and every agonized cry that I've spilled out on this blog. I cannot thank you enough for keeping Eliza close in my heart and in yours.
In loving memory of
Eliza Taylor Duckworth
December 6, 2010
Please join us in remembering
our sweet Baby Duck
on the anniversary of her birthday.
Though we cannot hold her in our arms,
we carry her always in our hearts.
Thank you for the love and support we've been given in the past year. The sorrow we feel for our daughter's loss can only be matched by the love she brought into our lives.
You are invited to join us in celebrating Eliza's brief but beautiful life by lighting a candle, by sharing a moment of silence, or by performing an act of kindness in her honor.
We'd love it if you would share with us how you choose to remember her.