Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
Above is the quote which appeared under Zach's photo in his Centennial High School yearbook. He graduated eight months before he learned that cancer had returned to his brain. So this selfless quote was chosen by a young man in the prime of his life with limitless opportunities before him, not by one who was living with the knowledge that he had cancer.
Now more than three weeks since I stood by Zach’s bedside immediately after he had taken his last breath, I am aware of an increasingly peaceful feeling. I continue to be with him at every sunrise and sunset and all times in between even as I carry out the responsibilities and activities of my very last days in the legislature. I move through my days with acute awareness of all around me, and it is beautiful.
The thought of Zach's awareness being as broad as the sky and his understanding as deep as the sea is such a comfort to me. I am learning as never before in my 70 years on this earth to hold an opening and let love and peace flow through me.
Thank you, Zach, for being such a loving and joyful soul and such a great teacher of life.
This week Zach's sister, Julia, retweeted one of his tweets from November 13, 2012:
"Funerals get you thinking how you are going to be remembered."
We now know.
The daffodils and crocuses are finally blooming in Annapolis, weeks later than most years. The cherry blossom trees lining the plaza in front of the State House have tiny green leaves on them now. I wonder if the blossoms will be opening before the end of the last day of the legislative session on Monday. This is a strikingly clear visual reminder that we are not in control, and that is not a bad thing to remember.
I went to lunch this week with a newly appointed young (early 40's) delegate from Montgomery County, David Frazier-Hidalgo, who was born in Ecuador. He studied history at a liberal arts college and spent three years working as a policeman. Among many other philosophical matters, we spoke of the difference between knowledge and wisdom. I will leave the legislature feeling optimistic because David is here.
With three days remaining until sine die (midnight on the last day, April 7th ), the outcome of several major issues is yet to be decided. Word has it that we will likely be in session on Saturday, but not Sunday. Having a free Sunday would certainly be welcome, though I'm not counting on it.