Light & Shadow
Editor's Note: On Saturday, January 29, 2000, Gil Schamess died at his home at the age of 34, just six months after learning he had metastatic liver cancer. Before his death, Gil and Lisa wrote a column for Beliefnet on their struggle to live with his illness. Now in this ongoing series, Lisa writes of her new life with their 15-month-old daughter, Mona.
Mona discovered her shadow yesterday. It was there at the playground, dark and definite against the bright sand. My own shadow was less distinct, thrown up in crazy angles onto the slide. I pointed and said, "Mommy." Mona took it in briefly, the same way she briefly considers pictures of Gil when I show her. Then she was off and running.