Sunday, May 13, 2012

Salutations, Congratulations and Sadness

I'll start with the salutations - greetings to all the moms, moms-to-be, aunties who mother, stepmoms, mamas without the title and grandmoms - Happy Mother's Day. Toughest job on the planet and for those of you who do it well or don't do it so well but keep on trying, this weekend is yours. Soak up all the love and appreciation, it's richly deserved.

Next, I send out congratulations to all our newly minted grads out there. Special "you go girl" to @Asmith86 for getting that Master's from Vandy. A-Sizzle has supported this blog from jump even when she was juggling finals, jobs, internships, and all else that comes with. In the words of @Reads4Pleasure - "We love you, Ashykins."

Last and certainly not least, it is with heavy, heavy heart that I share that we have lost a treasured member of the BnB Fam. Our great friend @GammasWorld passed away this weekend. Though I'd only met her on phone and internet, she was a delight and brought so much humor and positivity to everything she did. Her DMs encouraging me in my career, private life... priceless. She was a sweetheart in every sense of the word. She'll be deeply missed. My sincerest condolences go out to her family. Prayers up for them in this difficult time. RIP Vickie. You are loved.

Today's takeaway - there is not a moment to waster. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Give your loved ones an extra hug.

90 comments:

Foxy Brown said...

oh, wow, gamma.  i just...wow...that hurts.  prayers for gamma's family.  she will be missed.

Page Bartlett said...

I didn't know her but I loved her if that makes sense. That hurts.

SingLikeSassy said...

NO! We were bonding over our pound puppies! She just sent me a message the other day! Gone too soon indeed. She will be so dearly missed. Her family and loved ones are in my prayers.

lessie brown said...

I'm new/sporadic here, but I always liked what Gamma had to say. My love and thoughts to her family.

Mykeia said...

Awwww...I always loved what Gamma had to say as well, may she rest in love...
Congrats to the grads!
Happy Mother's day to all as well!

Leon X said...

@GammasWorld and I shared the struggle of the trials and tribulations of medical bills while being sick. I am truly sad, but happy I had the experience of knowing her via Twitter.
Congratulations to you @ASmith86 on your Master's degree. You did well kid. I personally salute you.

I guess I should share some of my own good news. This week I will receive an Associates of Science degree in the field of Telecommunications Systems Management. I am also moving to Atlanta at the end of month with a new job to boot.

Foxy Brown said...

 congrats leon!

Mo said...

This  breaks my heart, she is one of  the few people  I communicated with on a  regular basis on Twitter. This is so sad, she just @ me on Friday . Very nice lady  from what I could gather.

@gammasword You will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family.

Congratulations to you @Asmith86 

Mo said...

Congratulations Leon X

tiffanyinhouston said...

We must take the bitter with the sweet in life, I guess..*sigh*

RIP GammasWorld, your wisdom and witticisms will be missed and my prayers go out to your daughter and family.
 
Congrats Ashley for your continued excellence in education!!!!

PS..Please pray for me and my husband as we will bury my MIL on Monday 05/14, as she passed last Wednesday. She was a sweet and gentle woman and I will miss her tremendously. :(

tiffanyinhouston said...

 Kudos sir! Good Luck and Godspeed!

MsJamie14 said...

GammasWorld was such a sweet lady. She was a refreshing to read both on here and Twitter. May she rest in peace and her family find comfort during this time.

I'm sad. 

MsJamie14 said...

 Congrats to you! I'm sure you are familiar with ATL, but if you ever need any assistance, let me know! You'll love it here!

MsJamie14 said...

 My condolences to the Macks. Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. She seemed like a wonderful lady.

BklynBajan said...

My condolences to you, husband and your extended family.

BklynBajan said...

Not what I expected to read here today at all. My condolences to GammasWorld's family - she will be missed.

Congratulations to ASmith & LeonX on your graduations this weekend.

bashowell said...

Oh no! Thoughts and prayers w/GammasWorld's family.  

bashowell said...

Congrats!

bashowell said...

Condolences to you and your family

OneChele said...

T- Love to you and the Mack family during this time. I'm so glad she had the chance to see her son married to you in her final years. I'm sure it brought her joy.

thinklikeRiley said...

She was sweet.
*goes to hug Mama Riley* 

ASmith said...

Man.  This news about Vickie is certainly punching me in the stomach repeatedly.  She was so supportive and so awesome.  Like you, Chele, her DMs to me were always uplifting.  Man oh man her family is in my thoughts and prayers.  Missed her tweets that she was back in the hospital so I hate I never got to let her know I was thinking about her but she will be missed for sure.

Thank you Chele for the special shoutout.  Whew!  All that hard work paid off.  It'll be nice to return to "regular" status here in the BnB comment sections because I certainly missed putting my two cents in, but I didn't miss opportunities to read everyone else's!  Y'all bout to make me get all teary-eyed. :)

Think I saw that Leon X graduated?  Congratulations on congratulations to you, sir!

ASmith said...

Thanks Tiff.  You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers as well!

ASmith said...

Thank you!

Yes for this degree and YES! for this job!  Congratulations to you, again.

Duchess K said...

NoooOOoo... This is so sad... especially to happen Mother's day weekend. She was a truly sweet and nurturing woman. I enjoyed talking to her on Twitter. She was real. My Condolences go out to her family.

superwoman said...

oh no! that's so painful - ulale noxolo, Gammasworld. you will be missed around these parts. rest in everlasting peace....

CorettaJG said...

Oh no!! Not Gammasworld!  This is terrible news!  She brought so much wisdom with humor and was clearly loved by her friends and family.  Wow.

C Nelson said...

 I'm so sorry. You'll be in my prayers.

C Nelson said...

 Congratulations!

C Nelson said...

Gamma was one of my favourite voices here; that mix of wry humour, good sense and empathy is going to be sorely missed.  :( 

Congrats to our grads. Well done!

CorettaJG said...

Congrats ASmith!  I remember your comments referencing school-work, finals and the like. I'm an 2001 Vandy Law grad and I miss many of my good times working hard and playing hard in Nashville.  Well done! 

SassyJJ said...

Congrats to ASmith !

Condolences to GammasWorlds' family.

SassyJJ said...

 Condolences to you and yours, TIH.

Earthangel172 said...

Congrats ASmith!

I'm in a state of shock about GammasWorlds....Her family will be in my prayers.

Earthangel172 said...

 Woot, woot!

Congrats Leon!

Earthangel172 said...

 Tiff,

You and Myron are in my prayers. ::hugs::

Nandie said...

Didn't know her, but loved her comments here on BnB. Truly saddened by the news of her passing. My prayers are with her family.
 

CaliGirlED said...

What a day! I got hit with this news this morning and am still trying to wrap my head around it. I was fussing at her Friday about being stubborn and her last text to me was that she would keep me posted. Just wow! My prayers for those babies, I know they are having it hard right now. Courtney, Maya and Bailey, those were the loves of her life! SMH

CaliGirlED said...

Happy Mother's Day to all the BougieLand mothers!

ASmith you already know! ;-)

CaliGirlED said...

 ' ' '\O/' ' ' Congratulations Leon!!!

CaliGirlED said...

 Lifting you guys up in prayer!

Jamie Wesley said...

It hurt my heart to hear about GammasWorld. I keep thinking about her granddaughter. So, so sad.

blackprofessor said...

 Congrats Leon!!

blackprofessor said...

 Condolences to you and your family!

blackprofessor said...

I reiterate Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers!

I am shocked and saddened by the death of Gamma's World! I always looked forward to her posts as they always contained maturity and wisdom.  I will keep her family in my prayers! 

Brenda Kay said...

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of Gamma's World. I was waiting for church to start when I read Chele's message, and I'm not ashamed to say that I shed a few tears during the service thinking about Gamma and her family. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers, and congratulations to all the graduates. 

Mo said...

My deepest  condolences.

mojitochica said...

Happy Mother's Day to those who are moms, or nurturers, or mentors, and peaceful wishes to anyone who is remembering a mom today.

Congratulations on your achievement @Asmith86 !

RIP @gammasworld  *sniff*  I shall miss our Friday night Fringe chats and your wonderful posts here.  My condolences to your daughter, Maya, and Bailey.

ASmith said...

Always good to find a fellow Dore!  It will be a really nice thing to find something to talk about other than school. :)

JoycelynC said...

Even though I only knew her from her comments on BnB, the news of her passing indeed hurt.  My prayers go out to her family. 

Congrats to the graduates, I know the feeling of relief and exhilaration from a job well done.  Enjoy!

CaliGirlED said...

 Jamie I can't get that little girl off my mind! And I think this was the week she was supposed to stay with her for a week. SMH

Brneyed1 said...

I read this post just before I headed to my mom's house.  I sat in a stunned silence--mouth hanging open--for a few minutes.  I didn't know her well, but I loved @Gammasworld's posts, both here and on Twitter. I still can't believe it....

Brneyed1 said...

Congratulations!

Brneyed1 said...

Condolences to you and your family.

Brneyed1 said...

Congratulations on your Master's!

Brenda Kay said...

My condolences and prayers Tiffany, to you and your husband during this very difficult time. 

nylse said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Gammasworld.  Deepest condolences to her family.

Natasha said...

Congrats to ASmith!!! My condolences goes out to Gammasworld family.  I enjoyed reading her comments here and on Twitter...

Monica said...

Congrats @JoycelynC Asmith86!

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day. I only knew GammasWorld from her posts on BnB, but I am saddened to hear of her passing just the same.

Monica said...

 Congrats!

Kitadiva2 said...

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the mom's out there. Congrats to the grads!   Sincere condolences to the family of GammasWorld.  Her voice will be missed.

invectiva said...

Congrats to ASmith and Leon!!! Well done!

RIP GammasWorld. You will be missed.  *heavy heart indeed*

Condolences Tiffany. :(

MidWestDominicana said...

Condolences to @GammasWorld's family. So sad to hear of her passing. She will missed.

MidWestDominicana said...

Congrats!!!

MidWestDominicana said...

Congrats!!

GrownAzzMan said...

Congratulations to   @asmith86   proud of you!
Sympathies to the entire  @GammasWorld    family. My twitter timeline will never be the same...

rozb said...

Gamma was fun, sweet, and always had a word of encouragement. My heart is heavy and I have a lump in my throat.

My condolences go out to her family and all those who loved her.

To those who graduated, you keep me inspired to keep going. Especially when I realize I do not know what the heck I am doing. Hopefully, this time next year I will be gradjiating! I spelled it like I said it.

FullBloom said...

My sincere condolences to Gamma’s family.

Marioned said...

So sorry to hear about Gamma's World!    She and I saw eye to eye on a lot of issues.  My condolenses to her love ones!

MotownMs said...

I. Am. Stunned.  To learn of Gamma's sudden transition made me sit straight up in my chair just now.  We followed each other on Twitter and sporadically shared tweets regarding our shared…women-of-a-certain-age-status…love for Benjamin Bratt…old skool…especially music…"The Good Wife"…"Person of Interest"…among other interests…she never let us really see her sweat…

My deepest condolences go out to her family and all those who had an opportunity to know her a long time or for just a moment…we are saddened by our collective loss…

Yofabulous said...

My condolences for Gamma's family and friends.   Wow. Time to take stock.

Lady4Real said...

RIP Gamma. My prayers are with her family.

Jeannette said...

OMG!!!! I'm behind on my BnB fix!!!! I'm so shocked and sad!  Gamma was my reality tweeting buddy! Especially on Friday nights when we were both watching Shark Tank.  Dang.... :(  

rhenewal said...

Aww. Condolences to the loved ones of Gamma. I enjoyed her commentary, and as infrequent a participant as I am, I'll miss her presence.

The Bunni said...

OMG!!!!  I've been unplugged for a moment.  RIP and condolences to the family of Gamma.  Her presence will be missed.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

Noooo, not Gamma! ;_;

lawsoncomp said...

Whaaat! I had to sit my plate down after reading about Gamma.

It's weird how you become attached to strangers in the virtual world. I really appreciated her wit and wisdom. May Sister rest in peace and know that she is missed. If there are folks who actually knew Gamma IRL reading, know that I am sending you my condolences and prayers for you during this sad time.

lawsoncomp said...

Congrats Lady!

lawsoncomp said...

Yea! Get it Mister.

Evansaw said...

I have not been here for a while, and you tell us today that "Gamma" has left us. I send my sincerest sympathy to her family and friends.  This is sad news indeed..RIP Gamma...

Tonda Williams said...

I've been SO focused on work that I hadn't TUNED INTO anything until tonight. I went to my twitter TL looking for the ever present witty repartee of Gamma and realized something was wrong immediately.  I am DEVASTATED because she and I bonded within the past 3 weeks, over the medical history she shared with my mother. I can't right now, it TRULY hurts more than I can articulate at this moment....

The_A said...

Oh no! My deepest condolences to GammasWorld's entire family including her extended family in Bougieland.

Congratulations to @Asmith86! Good for you 

Dating Sites Ireland said...

My sincere condolences to Gamma’s family... I'm so sorry to hear that. 
Her presence will be missed indeed. RIP dear

UKDating said...

So sorry. RIP GammasWorld.
 
Speed Dating Edinburgh 

One Chele said...

Congrats to ASmith!!! My condolences goes out to Gammasworld family.  I enjoyed reading her comments here and on Twitter...

One Chele said...

Congratulations!

One Chele said...

My deepest  condolences.

One Chele said...

 Lifting you guys up in prayer!

One Chele said...

 Woot, woot!

Congrats Leon!

One Chele said...

Congrats!

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