Once again, members of Team Wookie will walk in honour of our beloved Maria Christine Wilkie. As she did from the beginning, Maria continues today to bring us all together.
This year has been challenging to say the least. Even as the world begins to open up again, many people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear, loneliness, anger. The ups and downs have been exhausting, making it difficult to remain optimistic about the future, to remain hopeful. But no matter the challenges each of us might be facing, try hold on to that elusive feeling of hope, lifting it in front of you like a shield. Team Wookie has a great role model for that.
To this day, I look to Maria for strength and perspective in the difficult times and in the good. I can hear her voice, loud and clear in my ears, her insight guiding me when I need it. And the sound of her laughter… well, just thinking about it warms my heart. Team Wookie is blessed to have had Maria in our lives in all the various ways and places and moments in time. Her irrepressible joy can be heard in the waves rolling on the beach, the wind, the rustle of leaves, the wings of a hummingbird feasting at a blossom. Listen closely. You’ll hear it too.
Maria, I have learned much from you, my beautiful Snowberry, my Moglie, my amazing Manasweetie. I will continue to carry that love and wisdom forward, living each day in a way that makes you smile.
As always, I welcome friends, family, colleagues, anyone who wishes to join Team Wookie to celebrate Maria’s luminous spirit. I know each and every one of us can feel the bonfire that is Maria, warming us, guiding us, illuminating the path ahead.
Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.