"Emily was an interesting one. Everyone knew she loved to read and write; she had read almost every classic there was. While most kids her age would read Harry Potter or Twilight, she'd stay up all night reading Emerson's essays. Every Saturday morning she'd make herself a cup of coffee or tea and climb up to the attic to read her newest book. Each week, the same thing. And sometimes she'd spend hours in the park just sitting on the bench with her Polaroid camera, taking pictures of the water or the children or something or the other, with a notebook just in case she's inspired to write something. I still have that notebook. It's falling apart, and it's leather bound too, that's how much she used it. I remember one time I stole her camera, and being the mischievous little brother that I was, started taking random pictures of...well everything. I probably took around 100 pictures, but anyways...I thought she'd yell at me, or complain to mom, or something. But she just smiled and when I asked if she was angry she sat down next to me and told me this quote:
"You know, Sam? Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if all else fails? Just take another shot."
Yup, that was Em for you. I don't think for the 17 years she lived she ever yelled once, not once, not at me or anyone else. She was a quiet one, but she was strong and confident. You don't see that too often.
Emily was the best person I knew. I guess God thought so too...turns out she was meant to be an angel after all. But I know that she's watching over us right now, all of us right now during this ceremony. Probably taking pictures for her collection of all the flowers. I know that even though Em couldn't overcome the big C, she's still up there watching over me, telling me to stay strong, telling me not to cry in front of our mother, telling me that in the end, just focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if all else fails, just take another shot. Thank you."