I’ve been hesitant to write about Jennifer Perillo’s loss, just one week ago, of her husband Mike. I don’t want to intrude on her grief. Or pretend that we are closer than we are. Or seem like I’m using her very personal tragedy as blog fodder.
Plus, so many others – like Marinka, at Motherhood in NYC, and Nicole at Momtrends – other New York based bloggers who know and love Jennie – have already written beautiful posts. Food bloggers from around the country – some who never even met Jennie or her family, have been moved to write their own tributes, and to bake the Peanut Butter Pie that was Mike’s favorite, and that Jennie asked everyone to bake, and give to someone they love today…for who knows what tomorrow will bring.
But I still feel compelled to write because I do know Jennie. And I’ve met her adorable little girls. And, in a strange, small-world coincidence that I didn’t even realize until Mike was already gone – I knew Mike, too. I worked with him for years. We spent countless hours together in windowless rooms making promos for Lifetime television (Mike was an editor, I was a writer/producer) and Nickelodeon, and who knows how many other clients. I remember Mike as talented, funny, whip smart, quick, full of energy and life – and very crush worthy.
It’s no wonder so many are crushed by his sudden, way-too-young loss. (more…)