i'm at mike's right now, sitting and sorting and laughing and crying with his family. we are sad and doing our best to go through mike's things and distract each other from that sadness.
it is very hard.
first i should tell you all that charlie (mike's cat, for those who follow his blog...) is fine and will be going to live with mike's brother and sister-in-law, matt and suzanne and their cat, toonces (who can, apparently drive a car). he will be incredibly well cared for and incredibly loved.
onto matt and suzanne themselves,; in light of losing my mom a year or so ago, i know what it's like to have to step up and soldier on in the face of a loss like this, to have to do it in the face of such a sudden...tragedy is simply heroic. they have been so strong, so supportive, and so conscious of mike's friends and fans that i'm sitting here watching them and just don't know how they're doing it.
as for ALL the fans and friends who have 'e'd me, matt, and suzanne, made comments on mike's blog or this one, who have responded to the stories on newsarama (thanks, matt brady--you're the best) we would like, as a family, to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. your comforting words of love for mike and your prayers are so uplifting to all of us.
and to everyone who have so warmly and generously asked/offered/begun putting together the many tribute books and portfolios, we are moved beyond words.
truthfully, the number of people wanting to do tribute books has become a bit overwhelming and, at the moment, we're all still pretty numb about what has happened. we would love to be involved in any tribute that is being done for mike, but right now matt, suzanne, and i just can't think in those directions.
once some of this crazy sadness is over we'll be glad to talk more about this.
just too sad right now.