It's always sad when you hear that an acquaintance has died of cancer, especially when she was only 53 years old. Heartbreaking, because she was in the process of fulfilling her lifetime dream and only days away from opening a top-notch restaurant, in the middle of Los Angeles. Devastating because of the two sons and lover she leaves behind.
She was an incredible cook and baker and I got to know her through her Pasadena bakery, many years ago. I adored her pastries, cookies, cakes, sandwiches and was heartbroken when she had to close shop. She had many ups and downs in her life, but she was finally enjoying it to the fullest, doing what she did best. In just a few weeks, she would have been on top of the world, ready to exceed the the expectations a whole city placed on her.
It's things like this that send you an important message. Life is short. Life is hard. Life is not fair. Life happens to everyone. It's sad to go out when you are at the top of your game. But then, it's sad to go out anytime.
The restaurant will open, it will be successful, but it won't be the same.