Was sifting through the HONY portrait recommendations to see if I could find any “night shifters” to track down tonight, and I came across this touching tribute:
I would tell you where Mary Downing worked, but she is no longer with us. Mary lived in Brooklyn and was the most caring person I’ve ever met. She taught English in New Jersey and was insanely influential- she was kind, an amazing writer and teacher, she legitimately cared about her students, and she never spoke out of anger, but was always firm; she was one of the strongest people I knew, and she was always sincere.
When she was diagnosed with Cancer, she didn’t stop teaching. She kept going to NJ every day and when the commute became too much because of her Chemo, she started teaching in Brooklyn again. Unfortunately, she had a relapse and passed away earlier in 2012.
This submission isn’t about telling a sad story- it’s so that people can see that even after going through something so strenuous, Mary continued to do what she loved- she wrote, she taught and she lived. Thank you.
I haven’t posted anything on Tumblr in months… But this stood out. Not only did I have the absolute pleasure of knowing Mary, she was a very dear and close friend of my mother. This is such a great thing to see and I really appreciate the amount of people, all over the globe and spectrum, that have taken time out of their days to read and learn about her through Noah’s kind words. Mary, we miss you and think about you everyday. This is just SO beautiful!!!!!
FUCK YEAH 2 TERMZ
For you Jenny, because you pointed out that the last thing I tumbled was a bunch of naked girls.
Good call, good call.