By Harriette J. Schwartz
Many years ago I decided that I could subscribe to the school of thought which believes that we never really lose our loved ones when they pass. I am a very spiritual woman and have been given many reasons to believe in all of this. Others who have known me long enough, both in real life and online are aware of the true stories of my “other-worldly” encounters. So much so that on previous social networks I’ve been a member of, I ran a group I created called Mediums and Lost Pallies. At one such venue I met a psychic with whom I co-authored LOST PALLIES a published book about the afterlife and spiritual world. I am no stranger to such subscriptions and obviously I believe.
I’m now on Facebook, and post a lot in an entertainment group about classic television. In surfing for something I came across a picture of Annette Funicello from the Spin & Marty serial that used to air on Mickey Mouse Club. She looked so cute and I posted this on the TV group on April 6th. Annette stayed on my brain. Maybe it was because we both have Multiple Sclerosis. I am the luckier one as mine is the less-threatening, “relapse-remit” kind. That coupled with being diagnosed later in life as well as meds keeps me fairly able and independent, thank heaven. So I did a few searches and was appalled to find out that the 70 year old iconic former Mouseketeer and actress we all adored was a prisoner in her own body, unable to do anything for herself or to walk or even speak. It seemed this lovely woman was losing the courageous battle she had spent her life fighting.
On April 7th Annette was still on my mind. So I made a two-photo, then and now collage and wrote about her awful current condition. I posted this online. Of course, the response was huge, who didn’t love Annette? Then on April 8th, Annette passed away and my RIP tribute collage was made and posted. Incidentally the Spin & Marty picture and two collages are posted in the photo section (home page) of HJSWritergal’s World, my website and can be viewed there.
Again the spiritual side of me does not believe in coincidence. There was in my mind a reason Annette Funicello was so on my brain only days prior to her death from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis. We had that disease in common and this is a reason perhaps I felt her leaving so strongly. I have since found out that Annette was in a facility in Bakersfield and I am in Fresno California, just 110 miles north of there. Whatever the reasoning I am certain it was her way of saying goodbye to us all and so I’m blogging about it as well. A good friend of mine said he hoped Annette knew how loved and admired she was. If she didn’t I hope that in her passing our contact and my posts showed her some of the affection the entire world had for Annette Funicello…why?....because we loved her.