On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the CIF community gathered in the garden space of the Chicago Avenue community room to celebrate the life of our dear friend, Maris Grikis, who passed away on April 15th, 2012. During this time, we remembered Maris by doing many of the things that he enjoyed.
Maris dreamed of having a pet snake, and since we are dream keepers, at the celebration of his life, we became snake charmers! Snakes are amazing creatures, and quite a few of us were cured of our fear as we touched and held these fascinating animals. Maris would have been proud to see so many of his friends cuddling up with two snakes we affectionately called 'Curly 1 and 2’ – Curly was the name Maris had picked out for his snake.
Because Maris loved to garden, in his honor, we planted a memorial garden and placed a cast iron memorial marker bearing his name in the plot. We even planted some catnip because Maris loved to play with and tease the cats living at the Chicago Avenue Community Living Option™ and watch them go wild from the effects of the plant.
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