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Becoming the Bryants

From the moment I met Abby Bryant I knew she was an incredible human being. There was something about her that captured my full attention whenever she was around, and somehow she seemed to have every positive human quality that exists topped off with the perfect sense of humor.

(Photo courtesy of Megan Drover)

I am beyond grateful that it was me she chose as her other half and that she wanted to make me part of her family.
I first met Abby at King’s in 2012 when we were both placed in the same FYP tutorial with Darren Dyck. It was not long before we discovered that we only lived a few doors down from each other in Alex Hall. Abby and I spent most of our time together, and no matter what we did, we always had a great time. I can honestly say that every day with Abby was a beautiful day, even if it wasn’t.
Every memory that I share with Abby is precious, and although I wish I could share them all with you, it is beyond me to put everything I feel into words. However, what stands out the most in my mind are some of the little things. For example, regularly slow dancing to Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” which was eventually labeled as our song, as well as having tea parties, painting watercolors together, and just taking it easy at home.
Fortunately, we were also able to spend holidays like Easter and Christmas together in both Halifax and Newfoundland, and attend an Ozzy Osbourne concert together this past April. Just as I found a home in Halifax with the Bryant family, she developed a love for Newfoundland during her numerous visits to my hometown throughout the past few years.
We were very fortunate to have so much support around us, in and out of the King’s community. To this day, I am still in disbelief that Abby is no longer physically with us. It is really rough, but I am trying my hardest to keep a smile on my face because I know that is what Abby would want to see.
Abby gave my life value and taught me so many important things about life, but also taught me that it is okay to be who I am.
Regardless of who you are, everyone was born from their mother, and what an incredible mother Abby has. If you know Sandra Bryant, you know how fabulous she is. Sandy taught me how to live through the eyes of my heart, and to pursue all my endeavors passionately. Through watching her and Abby together, I have learned strength, courage and ingenuity. But what I want to thank her for most is for giving me the greatest gift I’ve ever received.

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

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