My friend Marie Jordanou lost her fight with cancer last night and I am so sad for her, her children and for this community that has lost such a special, strong and veracious soul. Marie did not sugarcoat things, you knew how she felt right when she felt it and yet her heart was so big and warm that it complimented that frankness. Even if she didn’t tell you what she thought, you could always see it written on her face with a sly smirk and in her soulful green eyes. Her five children all have the same incredible coloring as she had, tanned skin and light eyes, and all are stunning in their own ways. They are a testament to her parenting skills, as each one is brilliant and unique, as well as possessing all the qualities you would want in a human being – sensitivity, politeness and a willingness to share a joke. You can help them if moved to do so at http://www.jordanourescue.org/
To see Marie parent, was to see someone entirely in their element. So many days I would be rushing to school in my pajamas and see Marie calmly walking in her children with five packed lunches. I always jokingly asked her if she got up at 4 a.m., and soon a friendship formed out of a shared sense of the absurd. I was with her pretty frequently throughout the last eight months when she was first diagnosed and even when she admitted that she was scared, she was still one of the toughest, bravest people I’ve ever met. We cried together, and laughed a lot and talked about life. Mostly Marie talked about her kids, she knew each child so intimately, their concerns were all her concerns and she was always looking for ways to improve things for them, even in often difficult circumstances.
It is devastating to see someone with so much to live for have life taken away. This community will do its utmost to lift up these children, but I have to re-iterate the rather controversial thing I chanted at the benefit for the family at the Malibu Inn on Valentine’s Day. Children were present, and people complained, but not only do I know that Marie would have appreciated the sentiment, but also that it is absolutely what I feel after seeing what she went through and that is FUCK CANCER!