Think of Melissa -- March 11, 1984 to September 22, 2002
In Collective Remembrance

January 31 | Ranch Style
Melissa liked ranch dressing on salads.

Actually, to be more precise, she only liked a bit of iceberg lettuce. None of that extra cruncy stuff. And only ranch dressing would do.

But not any ranch dressing. Ohhhh no. It had to be extra watered down - like the kind you can find in an all-you-can-eat salad bar, watered down so much that it only contains 5% dressing and 95% water just so the restaurant can save a few pennies (how much can ranch dressing cost, anyway?).

She would complain and pout if the dressing had not been properly watered down. Or if there were bits of red cabbage tainting her precious iceberg lettuce.
Remembered by Valette | 10:50am


January 22 | Masking Tape
At least one point growing up, I got it into my head to properly divide the room I shared with Melissa into Her Side and My Side. Like most children who share rooms with siblings, I was tired of her getting into my stuff and needed a sure-fire way for her to leave me alone.

I had tried simply declaring my new rules one night before bedtime, but I soon found out that Melissa needed something more than words to prompt her into my obedience.

Out came the masking tape.

I devised a highly-scientific (or so I thought) method to mark the boundaries of My Side, Her Side, as well as The Walkway. The Walkway was neutral ground and primarily used to get from the door to My Side. I felt this method was fool proof, and it made me proud.

While it doesn’t shock me now, I was furious when she didn't respect the tape lines and snottily jumped in and out of My Side to torture me.

The tape didn't stay on the floor long - I think Mom made me remove it.
Remembered by Valette | 12:28pm


January 21 | Encroaching Darkness
This month the 22nd is clawing towards me with suffocating chill. That's the dramatic way to say that I'm dreading the 22nd this month more than I have in several. I feel the weight of Melissa's death very powerfully this month. This whole grieving thing is beyond understanding.
Remembered by Damon | 9:44am | 2 comments


January 11 | Wishes
I miss you Melissa. Please come back.
Remembered by Damon | 7:00pm | 1 comments


January 08 | Down Time
in late November, Damon brought to my attention some problems with the Think of Melissa site. Trying to post a comment or a new memory resulted in a ton of site errors. I do not know how long the problem had existed before then. I finally was able to determine that the database that held all of the information was corrupt, causing all of those errors.

With a lot of work and help from Damon, all of the posts and comments are back online and functioning.

And there is a new feature - each memory has its own page that you can find by clicking on the memory's subject. This page includes the memory, all comments, and a comment submission form.

I am very sorry for the down time, and I have missed being able to come to this site each day. If there are still problems or something isn't working quite right, please email me or leave a comment in this thread.
Remembered by Valette | 10:57am


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