Bluffton lost a beautiful soul last week. I have known Carolyn Trosdal since she and Einar were married 33 years ago. They had a house in downtown Savannah and a small summer cottage on the May River in Bluffton.
The cottage was not really suited to year-round living, especially since the couple had a blended family that now numbered five. Carolyn and Einar were now parents together of Storm, Richard and Katherine.
Carolyn often said that when she visited Bluffton she felt "free." She had grown up on the Isle of Hope near Savannah and spent most of her years on the water. In Bluffton she was once again free to jump in the May River anytime she liked, no matter what season it was. She swam like a fish and kayaking was a passion -- just like life was. Every New Year's morning there were polar bear plunges for fearless family members and friends. Nothing was too much for her.
I saw a sign the other day that reminded me of her it read: "No Sniveling!"
It was a very happy day for her when the decision was made to put the house in Savannah on the market and move permanently to Bluffton.
The cottage was transformed into a lovely commodious home, complete with a sound stage for the musical family. The whole clan often treated guests to impromptu concerts, much to everyone's pleasure.
Two years ago Carolyn discovered she was suffering from a terrible illness. The Trosdals, being the fearless clan they are, took deep breaths, got their lives together and devoted Carolyn's last two years to her health and well-being. Nothing was more important to them than the journey they were embarking on as a family.
At Carolyn's beautiful memorial service at The Church of the Cross, we were all reminded of what a wonderful spirit she had and how much love she radiated to so many people.
As the recessional song, "I'll Fly Away," was sung, Mike Soper tolled the bell 63 times for every glorious year of Carolyn's life.
"Just a few more weary days and then, I'll fly away / To a land where joys shall never end / I'll fly away."
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.