I started this before NightBird passed on
. I'm not sure what hurts more, never seeing her words again, or never seeing her reaction to mine. Knowing - however subtly - that in judging ourselves we are always flawed, we seek confirmation in others. NightBird was always willing to offer that, to great detail.
Watching her build World Enough and Time was an exhilarating experience. She had done so much for her life already, and still she was creating. Forging.
We are remembered by the things we have built. Friendships made, discoveries found, achievements reached, and actual structures - online or off - that people are forced to take at least some mental note of when encountered. I have lent my hand in helping Trieste continue NightBird's site, so that it too, like so much else NightBird created, can be remembered.
I can do little except promise to remember - my own wake is over, and I move on, but I leave room for a bird in my heart that comes in the night with a sweet siren song. I can only speak for myself, here... Not everyone knew her. And it would be shallow of me to discount the memories of anyone whose loved ones have passed on.
I just could not take the notice down without saying something.
Someone asked of me, shortly after NightBird's notice went up, wondering what the 'bar' was for being put up there, and why someone else who 'passed on' was not. Aside from the morbidity of it, and that some of the staff have actually read Judith's obituary, compared to the people who pull this sort of thing as a prank or ruse, I have my own question, for everyone - not just those who would ask such a question.
What have you created today?
What have you made better?
I see people who worry about being forgotten, or being poor. Wealth is not a dollar value - dollars are at best an abstraction. At the worst, they miss the point entirely. Social capital is a very real economic concept, and things you make, repair, and enrich for yourself add to your own personal capabilities, whether it is a chair you have crafted or a new subject you have learned.
We are remembered for these things. We are regarded for them. Everything you create leaves a mark, everything you repair leaves a memory, everything you give - be it wealth or knowledge - leaves an impression.
NightBird left impressions in many more places than simply Elliquiy.
What have you built today?