Her loss has been immeasurable to us. Each day reawakens in us the pain and grief of a senseless and inexplicable void. Unanswerable questions surface within us daily and we struggle to find satisfactory or healing explanations. None has come yet.
As we try to see beyond this circle of grief that defines our daily routines, we are comforted by the kindnesses and love of so many peoplenot least of whom are the students, faculty and staff of the University of Delaware. Your outpouring of concern and support has meant a great deal to us. We realize in a very personal way that the “UD Family” motto is not simply a catch phrase; it is indeed a reflection of core values espoused and expressed by your campus community.
With that in mind, we would like to share with you one of Lindsey’s poems. We think it captures her spirit of adventure, challenge and aspiration. Appropriately, it is entitled “My Wings”.
Part of her message, we believe, is one of “taking risks”perhaps trying to see how high your wings will take you, once you realize that indeed you do have wings. If you knew Lindsey, you understand that she “unfurled her magnificent wings” through personal aspirations, program commitments, campus activities, and community involvement. She dared to rise above whatever real or imagined limitations impeded her “flight” and accomplished remarkable results in a short period of time. We are proud of the daughter and sister we knew for too short a time. She is emblazoned on our minds and hearts and will be forever our shining star.
We deeply appreciate all that President Roselle and the members of the campus community have done to memorialize Lindsey at the University of Delaware. Thank you! We have been moved and comforted by the overwhelming tributes and touching expressions of sorrow from the University community. Through the embrace of so many on your campus we continue to feel the loving warmth of being a member of the UD Family. May we continue to be enveloped and comforted within the “wings” of God’s love and mercy and that of His newest angel.
~ Kathleen, Mark and Kristen Bonistall