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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

by Lisa on June 6, 2011

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“What’s something that’s shaken you to your core?”

Her name is Sophia “Sophie” DeLoria.   She loved to swim and dance.  She was only eight years old.  I didn’t know Sophie, but when I saw her face and read the headline on the front page of The Maui Times last Thursday, I felt an immediate and deep connection to her.   I haven’t stopped thinking about her and her family.  Her death was sudden and tragic and I’ve been wondering why her passing has rocked me as hard as it has.

Perhaps it’s because no child should die in the way she did.  Perhaps it’s because when I think of her family witnessing her death and then her father running with her in his arms down the trail in the hopes of saving her life, my heart absolutely breaks.  Perhaps it’s because she reminds me of myself when I was her age.  Perhaps it’s because her death reminds me how fragile and fleeting life can be and every moment of every day is precious.

I so often live as though I have all the time in the world.  Not anymore.   The promise I’m making to myself is to be more mindful of right here, right now.  I know when I’m not living in the present and that is the only place where I want to be living my life.  It really is the only place we have. 

I wish I could somehow let Sophie know how she’s affected me.  Perhaps when I attend her memorial this Friday she’ll not only feel the love of all those who knew and loved her, but those of us who wish we could have known her.   May your next journey be a magnificent one, Sophie.

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Robert Duvall June 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Hello Lisa,
Did you get to attend the memorial for Sophie Deloria? Just from what I gathered from the paper and other various info she seems to be a wonderful young lady.(Yes, She still is…) I, also, do not know why I was so stricken by her story. As Bob McDaniel stated ” The family will never be the same without Sophia’s light.” How will her father ever gather the will so sing again or her mother the strength to present a smile….
What entity influences the balance between misery and delight in this cosmos we are a part of? I am not a fan.
I lost my 7 year old son to a Sociopathic mother. At any time in life I started to enjoy a moment, I immediately suffered his loss in my life.
I can tolerate that my life has been devastated, but alas find. Now, at 20 and failing attempts at college, he is seeing a Psychiatrist and two Psychologists and eating hundreds of dollars of prescribed drugs each month. What is his misery? I do not know. Since he is no longer a minor they can not share information with me, his father. Yet his mother knows all, as she has inflicted such. You may asK? Why, still now, can he not include me as a part of his life? So few understand the power of a Sociopath. Perhaps you do. Her other two fatherless children can bare witness.
Please offer a spirited dance to Laura Vogel, perhaps when you feel the time is right.
Please grasp a handful of “Crystal Marvel” from the beach near Pauwela Lighthouse and spread it across the waves for her friends and loved ones.
Please say “Hello” to Charles A. Lindbergh and ask that perhaps “Sophie” as well can “take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea”.
Each night I go to bed wishing to wake-up “Dancing on the Beach” though not of this Earth.

And… So to you, the Playful Spirit Dancing in The Mirror, My wish for you. “The vision to view the Wind, the Sea, and the Sky through the
young eyes of Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa a Kamehameha”

Most Kind Regards,


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