A PURE AND POTENT BIT OF PEACE
Two juices in a row! I should get an award for this. I wanted to share it, but mostly I wanted to share something else that inspired the recipe. Today a colleague of mine passed away. Well, technically he passed Tuesday, but I denied the subtle signs that it had happened on Tuesday because I just didn’t want to think it was actually true. I couldn’t even look at his Facebook page for evidence. My finger wouldn’t click his emboldened name. So, in my heart, I let him go today. I cried today. I cried harder than I’ve cried in some time. And I couldn’t explain why. He was open about his condition, posting photos valiantly and living life fully until his last moments. He seemed more alive than I did. I had no doubt, despite his thinning frame, and dreary hospital visits, and touching tagged photos, he would live forever.
Jacob had esophageal cancer. We both went to RISD together. We both graduated in 2012. We had mutual friends. He studied a different major, but it was such a small class we all knew each other regardless. Jacob didn’t have to talk to me for me to feel him, and how vibrant his soul was. Today reminded me that life is so SO short. We really can’t take it for granted. If Jacob, 25, brilliant, artistic, with the world at his feet, and the gift of art in his palms, would pass before he was through touching people and after touching everyone he did, we have to truly live while we can. While every moment is ephemeral. We have to be grateful because nothing is promised to us. Jacob loved food. We shared that. He designed the Flip 4 Cancer Star Spangled Spatula before he died. Everyone should order one. I did. I’m sure he would love that.
Anyways, Jacob, I will never stop thinking about you. You were brave and I admired you. And after today, I needed something as strong and as pure as this beet juice to relax my mind and spirit, and to process this major loss the world will have to endure.