Memorial for Tori Rubino

April 6, 2009 at 1:52 PM (Happenings) (, )

Stole this from Christen’s blog, but I think she’s okay with it:

Today, Monday, April 6, 2009, we’ll be celebrating the life and mourning the loss of our dear Tori. The memorial service will be held at Boston University from 6-9 p.m. at Marsh Chapel. Following the ceremony will be a reception in the small ballroom of the GSU. Please come join us!

A Moment of Reflection (my blog)
Tori Rubino (Christen’s Blog)

Today’s Tune
“9 Crimes,” Damien Rice

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A Moment of Reflection

March 19, 2009 at 3:59 PM (Happenings, Musings) (, , , )

Last week, BU senior Victoria “Tori” Rubino died in her sleep.  Although she lived in my building and was in the College of Communication (as I am), I didn’t know Tori, but I know people who did.  I won’t say what other people said about her, save that from the sounds of it, she was a good, talented person and she will be missed terribly.  There will be a community gathering for Tori in Boston University’s Student Village at 5.00 P.M. today, Thursday, March 19th.  It is open to friends and family.  Non-Student Village residence need only to identify themselves at the front desk.  I will not be in attendance, but my heart, thoughts and prayers are with those who will be, or wish they could be.

At my age, I know that I never go to sleep at night asking myself, “Did I say everything I needed to say today, and did I say it to the people who needed to hear it?”  I know that I can answer that query with a confident no, and I don’t know how I feel about that.  Sadly, BU loses students each year (I would guess maybe 1.5 to 2 on average).  We go to college, and we NEVER think that we may not live to May each year.  Between the ages of 18 and 23, we still think we’re invincible: death can’t touch us.  Then tragedy blindsides us and we realise: “That very well could have been me,” and we’re shaken for a bit, but it wears off soon enough if we didn’t know the student (I can’t speak to those who’ve known students who have passed).  Then we’re back into our invincible mentalities, having all but forgotten all that has ocurred in the last month.

I don’t want to forget this time.  Life is precious, and I never know when it will be taken away from me, so I had best live it to the fullest.  When my time comes, whenever that may be, the two words Idon’t want crossing my mind are “If only . . .”

Today’s Tunes
“How to Save a Life,” The Fray
“Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol
“Everything’s Not Lost,” Coldplay
“Evacuee,” Enya

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