Friday, June 24, 2011

Death Is a Part Of Life; It Still Doesn’t Make the Loss Less Painful (Taylor Siluwé)

Taylor Siluwé, a long-time friend – for more than two decades to be exact – is dead. Just months after being diagnosed with cancer, the disease ravaged his body, leaving all those who knew him stunned at his hasty departure. As is the case with many friends, Taylor and I had years where we busied ourselves with our own lives, and we were often reconnected by an encouraging remark about a blog post, a Facebook comment or by sharing a brief word to catch up on where we were in life. I still remember our early years – the years when we didn’t have a care in the world and NYC (sometimes Jersey) was our Playground. Even then, his intense creativity, passion and flare for life served as a gravitational pull to all those around him – including me. The ten years I spent in Washington, DC still held brief contacts with Taylor – even a few laughs at the new “Taylor”. All said, I’ve grown into the man I am alongside Taylor. I’ve supported his work, admired his spirit and drive and watched in awe at his ability to be relevant from our late teens to today. I know that it’s noble to mention that he will be watching over me, but today I’m going to honor my friend and simply say that I will miss his presence in my life. I’m sure one day I’ll smile at the mention of his name, but today, I’m reverently saddened at the enormous space left vacant by his departure.

Keep passin’ the open windows…

5 comments:

thegayte-keeper said...

This was a TOTAL shock! Just when you think you understand death you find out that you don't.

Kyon Saucier said...

Oh my GOD I am totally shocked by this news. Wow, my condolences.

~Kahlua~ said...

I'm so sad for your sad heart Hector. I pray that your friend's sudden departure was preceded with a swift release from suffering and enormous peace. Sending you warm hugs of love and comfort...

Cocoa Rican said...

Really sad indeed. :(

E said...

Hey Rican...just stopping by for a bit. Wow I remember Taylor as well and am saddened to hear about his death. :-(