From Melissa L.

photo1I miss Karri. I have never had a life impact me so significantly as Karri’s has.

Over the past 11 months, I have thought about Karri every day as I strive to draw meaning from his passing and embody his legacy in becoming a better person.

One of Pete’s original postings about Karri Hour encouraged us to find more time for people in our lives. Looking at the Karri Hour site and Karri’s own facebook profile, the amount of friends he has who obviously care so deeply for him is simply overwhelming. The outpouring of support has certainly shown me how loved and appreciated Karri was as a friend. In this spirit, I have dedicated the past 11 months to being a better friend – taking the time to make people in my life feel special and important and going out of my way to be supportive and present when someone else is having a bad day. Karri has made me want to be a better person, someone who does nice things for people just to make them happy, and who will drop everything to be there for someone.

For me, Karri Hour has been a hundred simple things, like cleaning the family kitchen so someone else doesn’t have to do it (it can get pretty messy!); stopping by a car on the side of the road during a snowstorm to check if they needed any help (I never had the nerve to before!); making dinner for a big group of my friends to show them how much I appreciate them; or dropping by the home of a coworker with a new baby and bringing lunch just to give her a break…. I have done all of this in the spirit of Karri and I am so thankful that I have Karri to forever guide me to be a better person.

We all love you and miss you very much Karri,


Speak Your Mind