IN MEMORIAM: A MEME called Lourdes “ BABY” G Herrera By: Sr. Fe Emmanuel, r.a.THE CLASS OF 76 Baby was in one of the first classes I taught. Fresh out of college, a neophyte teacher, teaching a bunch of brilliant students can be nerve-wracking. But Baby and her class made it easy for me. And it was fun, energizing, inspiring. Teaching became pure joy! Twenty five years later on their silver jubilee, I got reunited with the class once more. This class easily out deed themselves. They were still witty, now more accomplished, now wiser. But their unity and cohesiveness was more evident. And in their midst was the towering figure of Baby. Back then and more so after 25 years she was the undisputed axis that pulled the class together. Yet each one shone in their own right. No one overshadowed the other, not even Baby. That is the gift that her person offered to her class or to any group to which she belonged. She drew together a network of people bound together by care and compassion providing comfort and support. She would go the extra mile, literally even: once to be at the side of a dying classmate, dropping everything to be with her to give solace. It meant traveling to another continent. In a more recent occasion, she and a group of classmates went to another country to visit still yet another classmate who was not well. Tonight we celebrate her, for her super human gift of friendship. ASSUMPTION TOGETHER In 2006, Assumption Together was barely uttered. The idea/concept was struggling to find a voice, a face, an existence, a champion. Baby became the first Provincial Lay Representative and before anyone knew it, Assumption together was on everyone’s lips. I am a witness to the untiring way she rallied to make it a reality, For 9 years, she tirelessly animated different groups of the Assumption and made them all feel important and part of the great adventure called Assumption Together. In various projects, congresses, formation sessions, fun runs, Baby worked harder, gave more and in the midst of all the successes, the most humble. Assumption Together became synonymous to Baby. No one else could do it the way she did it. BICENTENARY AWARDEE John F Kennedy once said that a nation reveals itself not only in the individuals it produces but by those they honour. In 2017, the Religious of the Assumption, during the Bicentenary of the birth of St. Marie Eugenie and Mother Therese Emmanuel, honoured 6 persons who have enriched the life of the Province by their exemplary lives and services. Baby was the youngest honouree. Like all the other honourees. Baby did Assumption Proud. Throughout her life, her service, her example, her humanity, she embodied what Assumption dreamt all her students to be. She had the distinct Assumption quality of faith and service, determination, pursuit of excellence. Her achievements are matched only by her modesty. A MEME According to Webster dictionary, a MEME refers to “an element of a culture or system of behaviour that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially by imitation.” What could be Baby’s MEME?
A Woman for all Season?
When she is your friend, she’s yours to the end?
In life’s twists and turns, there is grace, and its name is Baby?
No one else does it better?She gave us many to choose from. Take your pick. Baby, you are a Meme unto yourself and we are proud of you! We love you.