Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I love you Tahalia


I received some very sad news today. My very good sisterfriend Tahalia Richardson
past last night in California. I had just spoken to my friend a couple of weeks
earlier to find out that she had a mild heart attack. Halia, as we loving called her,
had been sick most of her short life. She was only in her early 30's. We
just buried her sister Leah just a few months ago. Tahalia was so creative and funny.
She was also a fantastic singer and poet. I will never forget her beautiful ebony skin
and her amazing locs or the way she just knew when something was up! I loved her for
her comedic timing and fabulous cooking! My heart is broken today and I weep for
her 7 year old son and Mother. Hebrew, Tahalia's son, was a miracle because Tahalia was never suppose to
have children. Tahalia had lupus. She was a real trooper through it all. I'd like to think of my
very good friend as free and out of the pain and hurt in this life. I see her as totally healed, happy and free.
I love Halia forever and always.
V.

46 comments:

Tessa said...

My heart weeps for you, Vanessa, on the tragic loss of your good friend. Go gently, lovely Tahalia.

Peter Breese said...

I am so very sorry for your loss my friend. I'm always here if you need a chat.

Carli said...

Awww, Vanessa I am so sorry that you are hurting right now. You and her family are definetly in my prayers.

Lisa M Griffin said...

Vanessa, I am so very sorry to hear about your friends passing. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one, especially one who had such impact on your life. It sounds like you have many beautiful memories of her to call upon, and I hope that will help get you through. Please know that you and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.

aimee said...

this is a deeply moving tribute to such a beautiful friend with a beautiful name and a beautiful life. i'm so sorry for your loss, vanessa.

Gwendoulash said...

i'm so sad for you...

Connie said...

May your deep love for your friend live on in her son.

jennifer said...

My heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry. I know there's not much of anything I could say to ease your pain. I keep typing and deleting everything I write. I just pray that God will bless and comfort you and especially her family.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

To all my friends who have so graciously emailed me with comforting words you will never know how have touched my very soul today..... Your words are so very healing and needed at this time. Thanks so much for the prayers. Please know that I truly, truly appreciate each and everyone of you talented people. I cherish your very spirit! Thanks for reaching out to me. Words can never express how thankful I am. Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart and soul.
Love
V.

Flor Larios Art said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It must be hard, but you are right she is free now.

Tomás Serrano said...

Vanessa, I´ve tagged you. You know I like a lot your drawings and text.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, Vanessa, I wish I could give you a great big hug from across the ocean. Tahalia sounds like she was an amazing and inspiring person who bravely faced the tragedies that life threw at her. My heart goes out to you and her son and the rest of her family. She was greatly loved, and I'm sure she is smiling at your beautiful portrait.

kg said...

I'm really sorry for the loss of your friend.

Kendra Joyner said...

Hi Vanessa...as you know..I just lost my friend...she too was so very young...my heart and prayers are with you. I grieve with you and pray that The Lord will give you and Tahalia's family peace and comfort during this time. She sounds amazing and this is a wonderful tribute to her.

SENTA said...

This makes me so sad. My heart goes out to you and everyone who loved her so much, especially her son! Let me know if there's anything I can do, k?

froggie said...

(((((((((((((((((()))))))))))))

that's the biggest hug i can find, my friend. :)

mystele said...

my thoughts are with you and her family.

Dada's place said...

I'm really sorry...
Send you a big hug...

Sabbio said...

I am so sorry for you, her son and all the ones who loved her.

A big hug and sweet thoughts for you.

san-tooshy said...

I 'm sorry and sad for you. 30 years old is si young...my god.....

Kimberly said...

My heart and prayers are with you! I'm so very sorry and I will be praying for her family as well.

Kimberly

Michelle Henninger said...

Vanessa, I'm so sorry to hear about Tahalia. What a difficult time for you, and for poor Hebrew and his grandma. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If you need someone to vent to, I have very sturdy shoulders! A super big hug goes out to you.

mitchowl said...

I'm so sorry. Your pain is obvious My heart goes out to you.

ArtSparker said...

So sorry about your friend. I admire her making the most of her time here as described by you in your tribute.

Kendra Joyner said...

Hey Vanessa...got your message...It's so hard to believe that Halia's mom lost both daughters!! Wow! I prayed and will continue that God cover her mom and Hebrew...and to heal all brokeness.

P.S. Yes..I married the nurse...but God made me do it!! :) LOL!!

Fannie said...

Vanessa, you are loved.

yoon see said...

Sorry to hear this bad news Vanessa. Don't be so sad, I am sure God has a better plan for her.
I am sure she will be fine in the heaven:)
Cheer up Vanessa.
When both my parents depart to heaven due to cancer, I was so sad, it took me about one year to get out from the terrible messy bad time.
You are always welcome to talk about it. Just email me at yoonseeart@gmail.com

krisztina maros said...

i'm so sorry about your good friend, Vanessa! i've just read your sad comment on ww blog so came to yours to see you... it's a very hard days for you - wish you a huge force to survive and better days for the future! i hope your friend had found peace now with angels...

parisa mahmoudi said...

So sorry about your friend! :(

Eric Barclay said...

Hey Vanessa-- I'm sorry you lost your friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Meridth Gimbel said...

I'm so sorry. You and Tahalia's family will be in my prayers.

Kay Aker said...

Sorry To hear about your tragic loss. What a touching tribute. She sounds so young and vibrant. "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart."

Darrah said...

i'm so sorry, vanessa. i'm thinking of you tonight.

Mônica said...

Oh, Vanessa, I just saw your comment on the Watercolor Wednesday blog and wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your friend and the tough times you all are going through...
You have a lot of people thinking and praying for you and for those you love. You have one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen...
This is a beautiful tribute you've done for Tahalia.
Hang in there, friend...

flower girl said...

Oh I'm so sorry Vanessa. I know how you feel...loosing friends is really sad and bad thing..

Kelly Medina said...

So sorry to hear about your dear friend. It sounds like you have wonderful memories to cherish. My thoughts are with you.

INDIGENE said...

Vannessa,

May the sweet soul of this dear one be carried and cared for in the deepest part of your heart and may the memories of all your times together wrap you in a blanket of comfort. I pray for a short grief and a lifetime of love sweet memories of your friend,for you. Peace to you and your family, Indigene

Heidi Younger Illustration said...

You're a good friend.

carine b. said...

I'm really touch & i send you a big hug.

Roberta said...

My heart aches for you Vanessa.

LuLu said...

Bonjour Vanessa! I am sorry to drop by your blog in a time like this, I feel for you as my best friend passed away a few months ago of cancer ... Just wanted to tell you that I love your art and will be back to visit often. Please come and visit too when you have a minute! Take care, LuLu

Doda said...

Hi, I'm really sorry to hear about your friend.

studio lolo said...

it sounds like your friend Tahalia touched many hearts in her short time on earth. Sending blessings to her family and friends, and peace to her wherever she may be.
XX

Simply Suncera said...

Hello Vanessa....I miss you terribly, and am glad I found my way to your blog. Tahali and Leah were both angels here in the flesh, and I, too miss them dearly. This is the perfect tribute to her and I know she is in the heavenlies looking down smiling and laughing that infectious laugh of hers! She will continue to live in our hearts and through her beautiful son, Hebrew! Luv Ya, Sunny

kathy hare said...

vanessa, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.. x

Simply Suncera said...

Hey lady, I did get your message. I do need your number, if you still have the cell for me it's the same. You can e-mail me at suncerajohnson@gmail.com. Miss ya!