When the news reached me last night, I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it.
This gentle soul was one of my friendliest customers; every single time I saw him, he had a smile on his face and two (yes, two) hats on his head. I first met him two years ago, and we bonded quickly over books. He was always eager to tell me the title and plot of the latest book he'd read. I told him about Bildungsroman, GuysLitWire, and readergirlz. He, in turn, shared links to his artwork and his blogs, where he frequently offered music recommendations.
He enjoyed speculative fantasy and good literature, so I recommended The Menagerie novels by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski. Not only did he track down the first three books in the series quickly, but he beat me to the last one! I think I'll obtain another set of the books and donate them to Operation Teen Book Drop this coming spring. It's the least I can do in honor of his joy, his potential, and his love of books.
If you have a Twitter account, please join his friends in using the #mlarg tag in honor of his online handle.
This is nearly ten years to the day that Missy passed away. That fact was not lost on me last night. Even the time I was informed was nearly the same as it was before.
Those lost shall be remembered fondly, and missed forever.