March 8th, 2015

Galadriel in winter

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Chris has posted on Facebook that Melissa has passed away.

Mel was the type of person who made everyone feel welcome, as she did for me at my first Dragon*Con in 2004.

She handled her fight with ALS with grace and, most importantly, humor.

In honor and memory of her, I am reposting one of her LJ entries from 2008, which says so much about who she was.

"Dear God:

"I come before you being a humble, sometimes obedient, mostly okay follower. I would like to lodge a complaint against what I feel is a grievous misjustice being done to my person. I'm sure you know that my hands are already quite full being a mother to my six year-old son, so it should come as no surprise that I feel you are being unfair burdening me with this affliction.

"Yes, you know what I mean. I'm talking about my zits.

"Oh Lord, have I not already walked through the valley of Clearasil and purged myself with the Oxy-10 Commandments? I have baptized my face in the water more times than John dunked your faithful in the river Jordan. I find myself thinking that if you could empower Moses to part the Red Sea, then my complexion should be but a trivial matter.

"In return, I promise to buy more Girl Scout cookies (provided that they are made with real Girl Scouts), be nicer to my mom's cat, and stop intentionally tripping people with my cane.

"~Mel"
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