Here's an example of her spunk. On our recent trip to Tokyo (yes, two weeks before the catastrophe), we picked up a Hello Kitty stuffed animal for Julie. When we presented Hello Kitty to her, she didn't quite understand that the name was based on the multi-billion dollar mega-brand "Hello Kitty". She just thought her name was "Kitty". Clearly, this was not up to snuff. So Julie looked at the animal pensively and suddenly announced:
"I don't like the name "Kitty". I shall call her .... (dramatic pause) ..... Elizabeth."
We giggled. We loved it. I don't even think that Julie realized that my middle name and that of my mom is Elizabeth. And, I didn't know it until 2 minutes ago, but Julie's Grand-daughter Katy's middle name is also Elizabeth. Good taste permeates our extended families, apparently.:
|Someone related to Julie might be currently in possession of a "Hello Kitty"/Elizabeth laptop case and socks (and admittedly more items at home)|
|Julie's cat doodles|
|The Daffs are in bloom in honor of Julie|
Finally, Eden of Eden's Eats wrote a very insightful post about her experience of losing a parent inspired by the loss of Derek's mum.