Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jacqueline

Jacqueline Ruyak, my co-blogger passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011. During the course of her illness this summer, sending and receiving postcards through Postcrossing and between her friends kept her spirits alive. Our 36 years of friendship was based through the mail, after we went our separate ways post-graduate school. Letters were the primary media in which we spoke about the interesting and irritating events in our lives. That was our preference, but also necessity, because Jacqueline often lived in remote, rural villages where the Internet was intermittent or nonexistent. It is inconceivable that I can no longer pen a letter to my dearest friend or anticipate a letter written in her beautiful cursive script. I shall miss our long conversations about art, baseball, food and travels.


7 comments:

Lela said...

Oh I'm so sorry for your loss. Seems like you had a great correspondence.

sandy said...

Thanks for your post. I was just about to call Jacqueline to arrange for a visit with her this weekend and thought I would look at the blog before calling. I just got a letter from her saying it was time to visit. I am so sad. She will be missed. I need to call Mary soon....perhaps in a few days.
Sandy

mrpotani said...

Lela and Sandy

Thanks for your comments. Jacqueline was always so pleased to receive a postcard in the mail. She has a vast collection which she showed me when I visited her a couple of weeks ago. Your mail really made a difference when she could no longer walk. It's so strange to be saying this, as I have known Jacqueline to be a great walker. We walked miles and miles in NYC as grad students, and miles and miles in Japan.
Sandy - would love to get in touch with you. Could you send me a note with your email/phone info to my address at PO Box 31112, San Francisco, CA 94131? I know Jacqueline really enjoyed your retreats and classes.

PostMuse said...

I will miss Jacqueline so very much. Her postcards always made me smile, and I so enjoyed writing back. She mentioned not being well in her last postcard to me, but I didn't pick up that she was seriously ill. So very sad.

mrpotani said...

Dear Postmuse,
Jacqueline was very happy to exchange postcards with you. Years ago we created Little Red to celebrate our love of mail, and to widen the scope of friendship with those who might exchange interesting postcards. It has been a great forum for mail lovers.

Hester said...

I was sorry to hear of Jacqueline's passing, I have really enjoyed your blog and sent a post card once.

mrpotani said...

Thank you so much Hester. We both enjoyed opening our respective mail boxes and finding an interesting piece of mail. I will attempt to continue this blog solo, in the spirit of sharing cool mail. Jacqueline would have wanted that.