India Olivia Taylor died on October 11th 2013 after a six-year battle with a devastating neurological disorder that caused her to have thousands of seizures a day. She was sixteen, beautiful, bold, bad-tempered, and quick-witted. She dreamed of: moving to Japan, being a voice actor, having a boyfriend, riding a horse again, and being an international traveller. Everywhere India went she sang. She even sang in her sleep.
India had chutzpah and was proud of her Eastern European roots on her Dad’s side. For a while she even wore a star of David. She had a talent for mediation and helping people resolve disagreements. I often thought she’d be a psychologist. After she died, many people were kind enough to share their stories of India with me. My favourite was her art teacher’s. She told me that in class India was always a peacemaker. This makes me very proud.