Saturday, 2 June 2012

The woman people pray for

On Wednesday May 30, 9:10pm a body was shattered....

Thats how it started; as Aaron Paquette intimated about his wife Clarice and the life threatening accident she was involved in that day. An incident that left her body crushed and her loved ones stricken.   I haven't met Aaron; although I know Clarice, we are friends from back before careers, husbands and children. From times of nights out, sunday brunches and girls hiking weekends.

In fact, I haven't seen Clarice in years. Our relationship has been a voyeuristic one, as I've peered into her life through Facebook; watching the evolution of her relationship with Aaron. Laughing as he frequently hacked her Facebook account to write endearing status updates about himself. Looking at photos of their wedding, thinking to myself what a perfect match they made and how she looks the exact same as she did back then. Then the birth of a beautiful son; Liam and how their little family was so lovely.  

My Facebook voyeurism took a darker turn Thursday morning as a mutual friend texted me to inform me that Clarice had been involved in accident. I went to my computer and stared at the screen in shock, my stomach tightening as I observed the image Aaron had shared, along with his eloquent testimonial of their family's heart-wrenching experience. He asked  us to share it so others could learn from it..... and then it began... the onslaught of messages, the prayers, the words.  People from all over the world sending their love and hope and feeling just as I did about all of it.

I'm sharing this now, because I don't know what else to do.  I can write; so I will... and let you get closer (by a fraction) to the woman people have been praying for. There are people out there who could give you more, but this is all I have.

As I know her; Clarice is vibrant, she has a wide, radiant smile and is naturally very funny. She is a strong runner and has a killer set of legs. She loves to read. She is a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, bride and friend.  She has a wonderful family that she is very close to and I can't imagine how their hearts have been breaking.  She is tough, brave, would stand up for anyone she cared for, even if all she had as a weapon was a shoe (inside joke) and she was usually late for things.. haha. 
I'm sure from the point we left off she has evolved into an amazing woman, mother, wife and teacher.  It seems to me she has found an amazing partner in Aaron who has proven through his messages; how loving, brave and empathic he is. I was astounded as I read through some of the postings people had contributed to his page to find what I thought to be, a somewhat judgmental and hurtful message thread.   I was then quickly humbled by his remarkable response; thanking the author for presenting a different opinion.  Proving; along with all of his other compassionate messages that his soul is that of a truly dignified man.

My heart goes out to all involved in this incident in some way; including Clarice's friend who witnessed this traumatizing event. As well as the drivers (who will have their own personal anguishes to contend with) it could have been any of us on a day that we fail to be vigilant. To the witnesses and of course to all friends and family.

With Love

Here is a link to Aarons Facebook page where you can read the whole story and be part of this astounding experience.  
On Wednesday May 30, 9:10pm a body was shattered.

The family has also set up a donation page. (click the link below to see this lovely family and donate)
If you read more you will understand why this is necessary. Please help if you can and if you can't caring, sharing and praying is plenty!

Clarice Cardinal Anderson  Second from left

Clarice, second from left.


  1. Thanks so much Amaris, those pictures just made me smile, what a great weekend that was. I just know that it doesn't matter how long it's been since you've seen or talked to Clarice, you could easily pick up where your left off. That's the thing about good friendships, they stand the test of time. Thankfully there will be more time.... You're right about Aaron, it seems all that pickiness with men did pay off in the end with Clarice, he really is one of a kind.

    Miss you Julie...

  2. Thanks Amaris, you put into words how I have been feeling too. The shock of her accident, the strength of her family and the perspective of her dear husband have all been overwhelming.
    Love the pictures, your post and the memories I will cherish. Thank-you.

  3. I do not know any of you but you truly are great friends and this is so inspiring to read. Sounds like Aaron met a great lady and she met a great guy. God Bless to all of you.

  4. Hello my Name is Greg Mottl. I am a friend of Aaron's. I am setting up a fundraiser and Silent Auction for Clarice and Aaron. We are looking for any Artists or anyone who would like to donate a piece of art work for the Auction and for people who would like to attend the fundraiser or Volunteer in anyway. You can Join our Facebook page here I will have a date set for the fundraiser very soon.

    1. Hi Greg. I would love to help and donate art for the auction. Since reading Aaron's post of the accident (shared by a friend), I find my thoughts often drift to Clarice, Liam and Aaron and I am absolutely inspired by the strength, courage, forgiveness, heart and beauty of Aaron's words and art. They are all in my prayers and grateful for an opportunity to give back for the inspiration I have received. Love, LIght & Gratitude to all!

      Scott Anderson
      San Diego, CA

  5. What a lovely testament to a woman who has truly lived what used to be called "an unblemished life". Clarice is so deserving of all our prayers. energy and well-wishes. She also happens to be my daughter-in-law. Thank you for this!



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