When I was informed of Dewey’s passing last week my immediate thought was that I had to say something, I had to let everyone know how upset I was and how much she meant to me as a fellow blogger… I wanted to honor her somehow. Unfortunately, when I started to write about her, I was at a complete loss for words. I was totally speechless, so I ended up not posting anything and just crying over everyone else’s posts while reading them at work. It’s odd, because I didn’t really “know” Dewey, I never met her, never talked to her on the phone, and unlike a lot of you, I never even emailed with her. But I DID read every single blog post she’s written since I started blogging, as she was one of the first people I added to my blogroll and started following, and I know she read my blog too, because we have both commented on each other’s a few times. I know that’s not really enough to consider someone your “friend” but she really was a presence in my life.
I will miss Dewey’s insightful and well-written book reviews. I will miss her sweet, honest comments left on my posts as well as many, many other bloggers’. I will miss her endless energy in reading, reviewing, and community-building despite her illness that most of us did not even know she had. Even though I never participated in the Read-A-Thon, I certainly enjoyed reading about the experiences of those that did, and even though I never personally hosted an edition of the Bookworms’ Carnival, I definitely appreciated that they existed, and always looked forward to reading the next one. Dewey worked tirelessly to make sure that the book blogging community was united, friendly, and supportive of one another – and I feel like because of her efforts, we really are a community. I consider all of you my friends, even though I’ve not met one of you in person. I know there are a lot of bloggers working hard right now to make sure we can keep most of these events going, and I so, so appreciate that. I think that’s exactly what Dewey would have hoped for, and because she believed so much in all of us, it’s what she would have expected us to do.
If you’re reading this, please go read Nymeth’s post about Dewey if you haven’t already. It is absolutely beautiful and it made me cry. Dewey was an amazing person and the world will be a sadder place without her in it. I am very much going to miss her, but I’m so thankful that she was a part of my life for the short time that I knew her. Dewey has inspired me to be a better reader, writer, blogger, and friend. I hope her family can take comfort in knowing how many lives she touched and how many people truly cared for her and loved her.
Thank you, Dewey, for everything you have done for us. I miss you and will always remember you.