Lessons learned from Laura

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:54 a.m.
I was truly saddened to hear of Laura Carmichael's passing. Although I never met Laura, I felt connected to her because I was one of her "clippings" recipients in 2005. I meant to send her a thank you note at that time, but I procrastinated.
When I saw the newspaper article featuring her 100th birthday later that year, I was again reminded of my negligence, but I continued to procrastinate.
However, with 2007 came a fresh start, so I wrote Laura the long overdue thank you letter, telling her how her thoughtfulness and generosity had made an impact on me. I suppose that I should not have been surprised when I received a note from her a few days later, thanking me for my kindness. I could not have imagined that this amazing woman would be gone 12 days after I read her note.
I kept her note on my refrigerator as a reminder of the things that I learned from Laura: (1) the true meaning of philanthropy - I don't know anyone who embodied the essence of selflessness and generosity as well as Laura; (2) the importance of taking the time to tell someone when he/she has positively influenced you in some way. I am so thankful that I sent her that card, in spite of its extreme tardiness; and (3) the key to making the best peanut brittle ever.
Thanks to The Gainesville Sun for publishing her recipe. To everyone who was lucky enough to have Laura in their lives, I am so sorry for your loss.

Lise Abrams,


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