3 January 2017 – Tribute
It’s been two weeks since we lost our beautiful Sarah, and I want to pay tribute to such an amazing and wonderful woman in the best way I know how – with Words.
I first met Sarah on one of my trips here to Australia – it was dinner with Matt’s family. I met the whole family, had my first pumpkin soup, and was just overwhelmed by the love and affection this whole family had for a stranger. And that bond grew even stronger when I arrived officially in Australia in 2006 as Matt’s wife. I may not have my family here in Australia, but that was ok – I inherited three sisters, a brother, two kids and another mom and dad.
There are so many little memories that stand out of such a lovely and amazing person. She glowed like the sun when she was happy, and you couldn’t help but bask in her radiance. It’s not a wonder to anyone who knew her as to why everyone she touched was absolutely devastated to hear about what happened to her – she genuinely cared for people, and showed an active interest in your life and in the things that you liked and that you enjoyed. Every year she would give me something for my birthday that showed she paid attention to my personality and what I like and don’t like. She was amazing that way.
Sarah was beautiful, bright, bold. Colourful and caring. Radiant and gorgeous, warm and welcoming. All these words and more can’t even begin to describe just what a person she really truly was.
Her light had dimmed a bit in the past couple of years due to varying circumstances, but when the circumstances were done and over with, despite all the hardships and struggles that faced her, you could see it. It was a like flicking a switch… the radiance that was always beneath her surface came back, brighter than ever before. She was a strong woman, a survivor of hardship and heartache, but she was going to fight and make sure that everyone knew just how much of badass she really was.
Her love and warmth surrounded everyone. She was a dedicated mother, spending the time to research the best ways to ensure that her kids had the best of everything she could provide them with, but most importantly all her love. She would always show up for our fortnightly Saturday night dinners brimming with enthusiasm, and always with a new and unique way she’d managed to sneak vegetables into the kids dinner, or how she had managed to potentially trick them into eating something that was secretly good for them. She did everything she could to be the best mother she could be.
Sarah also did everything in her power to ensure that she didn’t fall into the trap that I suspect many single parents can easily do – letting the TV babysit. Her kids had books and toys, and she encouraged educational play. She would go out with them on the weekends and she always had a new story to tell us when we saw her. Fishing, the beach, the zoo, anything and everything was not off the table. She loved taking the kids out and seeing the word through their eyes. It was beautiful to see, and amazing to listen to the stories.
She loved life and insisted on living it to it’s fullest. Life was a party for Sarah, and she had pictures with all her friends and their outings. She would often be with her friends, her family, doing something, having a glass (or two, hah!) of wine and sharing good conversation and laughter with those she loved and cared about. She was the epitome of the meaning of “Ohana” – family. Everyone that she loved and cared about were apart of her Ohana. No one was left behind when it came to Sarah, no one.
It seems fitting to me then, that we finally lay her to rest on the 10th of January as 10:00am at Pinnaroo Cemetery. We won’t be wearing black, because that wasn’t her. She loved bright colours, the sun, warmth… We will be there in our bright colours, celebrating her life and loving her with all our hearts. We love and miss you, Sarah Marie Thomas, and may your rest in the Summerlands be peaceful and undisturbed.