One of our fave pics of Molly, although Makena was afraid to show it to us 😂. They were joking about a teacher that caused stress. He didn’t understand Molly’s ADHD brain. M was so bright, but school was difficult, especially online. We made sure she KNEW she was amazing.
Molly was not “neurotypical” but I never worried about her future. I was her fierce advocate, making sure her gifts were not overlooked, getting extra support she needed. It was a struggle sometimes. Molly was often not an easy child to parent. She was fierce and independent!
I told Molly that her ADHD was her superpower. When her teacher made her feel bad about herself, we said he was the one who didn’t understand. We said that we all have to deal with challenging people sometimes, and they are here to teach us lessons.
Our children cannot be contained in neat little boxes. I’m glad that Molly never lost her spirit and confidence. She knew no limits for herself. There was nothing she couldn’t do, but it had to be her unique way.
It’s funny, I never saw Molly flip the bird or heard her use a curse word. I think this was a new and exciting thing 😂. I’m glad she did it!
I worry about all the brilliant, “neurodiverse” kids out there who don’t have an advocate like me. I want to be their advocate, too. They need and deserve it.
This is the last message I exchanged with Molly. I hate that schoolwork caused such her anxiety this past year. She used to snap her fingers when she was anxious. I was standing in line at the grocery store when I got this message from her.

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2 May
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27 Apr
Words are insufficient to describe our gratitude that this flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Molly. @DrewNirenberg, the Nirenberg family and @SpeakerPelosi, we are humbled. As Justice Sotomayor said, Molly had the heart of a public servant. Thank you. #TEAMMOLLY
It’s been an emotional day. When this flag arrived, I broke down sobbing. @DrewNirenberg is the nephew of my friend who is actually family, @LeslieHelmer. @DrewNirenberg was invested in Molly’s story before he realized that his aunt is like a sister to me.
When Drew and his family learned of our connection, they wanted to do something special to honor Molly. Drew works on Capitol Hill. He contacted Speaker Pelosi’s office and explained what happened to Molly, arranging for this flag to be flown in her honor.
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25 Apr
Eli’s birthday party was wonderful. He enjoyed every minute! It was a nice day for all. It wouldn’t have been possible without family and friends, including #TEAMMOLLY. My sister and sister-in-law did many things they knew I could not.
Since we built our house over a ago, it was the first time we’ve had a gathering, besides Molly’s shiva. I invited Eli’s small preschool class as the kids are together anyway. The adults have all been vaccinated. A glimpse of post-Covid normalcy!
Molly was with us. I’m learning that our loved ones on the other side use people on Earth, sometimes unknowingly, to deliver messages of their love. Through @MindsEye55 and @yenyen419, Molly sent a garbage truck for a surprise visit, balloons and sweets for the birthday boy.
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Molly innately respected all forms of life. We didn’t teach this to her; she taught us.

I love this story from one of her theatre friends about how they found a dead 🐝 and Molly insisted on a funeral. And this chart she sent to Eme about eating animas, remarking, “How sad!”
From the youngest age, Molly would gaze out to the ocean, sitting still for a long time.

Molly was scared about climate change. She worried about the future of our planet.

This #EarthDay2021 , I’m committing to a #MeatlessMayForMolly. #TEAMMOLLY, I’d love for you to join me!
#MollysMeatlessMondays are also awesome if you aren’t ready for a month of vegetarianism yet.

As Molly and Makena wrote in their song, “Change the world to what you wish it could be. If not for you, then do it for me.”
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22 Apr
Fifth graders at our school, ⁦@MarquezCharter⁩, are fortunate to learn history by performing in a series of plays written by the incomparable ⁦@jefftoes⁩. Molly was THRILLED to star in the lead roll of narrator, Katie, in “Miracle at Philadelphia.” TEAMMOLLY 🌟
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21 Apr
Grief isn’t linear. Disbelief, anger, sorrow, acceptance - they cycle through us all the time. How is it possible that I will never look into these eyes again?

I often feel like my child has let go of my hand and gotten out of my sight. The panic of not knowing where she is.
I ultimately return to knowing that Molly is right here. Yes, her physical form slipped away from me (and there are no words to describe how painful it is). But she is with me. I try to raise my energetic frequency because staying in acute pain makes it harder to feel her.
Grief is intensely physical, too. Jon and I are both suffering physically. I live with chronic pain from cancer treatment, so it’s not unfamiliar. Grief has brought its own physical challenges that I’m trying to work through.
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