(Kimberly Hackman Dec. 12, 1994-April 28, 2016)
Kimberly Hackman went through a lot in her short life. She had six surgeries as a young child along with speech and motor issues that she never completely overcame but Kimmy wasn’t about her limitations. She was full of grit and determination and joy and humor. She loved to dance, tell jokes and play pranks.
Kimmy had great observational skills and was a masterful student of people and body language. She noticed the slightest change in any room she was in or any person she was around with a ‘Holmesian” keenness. She had enormous empathy when someone was in pain and would rub their shoulders and pat their arms in a consoling manner to make them feel better. Good luck hiding your feelings. You couldn’t hide anything from her.
She had a wicked, teasing sense of humor. Other than “no”, her favorite word was “why” and she’d quiz me for long periods on any subject with repeated interjections of it until I’d answered the question at hand to her apparent satisfaction. She’d then nod her head, look at me and say “why” and the interrogation would begin all over again to her great amusement. If she started to get bored with something, she’d speed away with an abruptly uttered “bye” and I’d hastily trail after her trying to keep up. She’d often call me over and give me an enormous hug and kiss for no reason at all, just because she loved me.
She was tough and funny and willful and brought a smile to the face of pretty much everyone she met. (She loved people.) Kimmy was the picture of warmth and vivacity, which helps make this so hard to take – but she wasn’t sentimental, never stayed sad for long and never felt sorry for herself. I’m trying to be like her right now.
Kimmy passed away in her sleep this past Wednesday.
Anthony Briskin (Kimmy’s very proud and trying hard not to be very sad uncle.)
Love you forever sweet girl!!!