Here is something I wrote back in 2009 about my then neighbor, Krista Ronai:

Thinking about Krista

Krista died on April 21 of this year.  I didn’t know her well, but we spent a little time together before she moved to Chicago, not long after she was diagnosed: she introduced me to Cake Batter ice cream, for which I will forever be grateful.  She and her husband, Jason, and their baby, Anna, came to our swim club one day, and Krista snapped a photo of my daughter that I have framed in my living room.  It was a capture: a two-year-old Lexi dumping a bucket of water on her head, great big grin, droplets everywhere, a still shot that seems to move just the same.

Krista was strikingly pretty: angular face, dark hair, kind eyes.  From my outsider’s point-of-view, she was a wondrous example: mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, gentle, kind, strong, faithful, funny.   While she knew she would not live a long life, she looked to be doing her very best at living.  I am so sorry that she is gone.

Peace, Krista.  To you and your family.

When I think of you, I will try harder to live, a simple debt to pay.  As often as I can, I will fill the bucket to the brim . . . and then let it fly!


Krista’s Memorial Fund:


4 Comments on “Krista”

  1. Awbree says:

    You made me cry for the fifth time this week. Miss you friend and all of your wonderful words. Xoxo

    • Katie says:

      Thank you, Awbree. Sometimes a few good cries is what we need 🙂 Miss you, too! Love seeing you kicking some serious crafting/scrapbooking/project life-ing a@@ up there in New England. Keep on keeping on!

  2. Dave Lenehan says:

    I do not often comment on your work, in part because I know it reads well, and in part because I am lazy. This is a wonderful tribute to Krista. Every time I look at the photo of Lexi, I will now be grabbin’ my bucket and letting life fly!

  3. Mandy Owens says:

    Beautiful, Katie…Simply Beautiful.

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