i was so, so sad to hear about dwc (thanks for telling me earlier today, moonriddengirl). she reached so far and it's amazing to see the impact she's had with so many different people, including me (though i doubt she knew that).
i certainly didn't know her enough to call her a friend, but i always really loved reading her posts to rmt-a (it was really fun to see somebody get so hyper-happy about things the way i tend to be as well), and was thrilled when years later she befriended me here on LJ, because i'd wanted to friend her but had never really interacted with her (even though i always wanted to - i was a hardcore rmt-a lurker for years and years) and didn't want to impose on her. i was always so happy when she commented. i'm grateful i got to know her even just a bit through LJ, rather than completely losing sight of her once i stopped reading rmt-a.
i felt very happy and surprised when i got a christmas card from her and her family jus a few weeks ago, as well as a book she'd offered to send once upon a time (isabel allende - house of spirits). i've been thinking of her quite frequently ever since because the card's still on my computer desk, on top of the book, and i really wanted to send something back but kept putting it off. heh. i was waiting to start the book until i've finished gabriel garcía marquez "one hundred years of solitude," a book i bought used several years ago because i saw it and recalled dwc having called it one of her favourites, and i'd always liked many things she recommended on rmt-a. so, really - she reached so far across the world.
so. goodbye, dwc. thank you for letting me know you, even marginally, and for having brought so many smiles. (my thoughts certainly go to lethalpenguin. i'm so sorry. :()