Mona Daniella, gone one year. We miss her more than the day her life ended suddenly and in a tragic way. Mona Daniella loved the French Musical Impressionists' phase, and played Erik Satie frequently; her favorite was Gymnopédie. This is not a French piece, she liked it. It is serene like Mona used to be.
In these pictures Mona's face glows and shines like diamonds; you can see her beauty right through. Her smile is - simply Mona's smile.
Mona Daniella was very close to her maternal great-grandmother, she is with her in the South of France; back in the US in college - in Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts (pictures courtesy of Franny Forer, one of Mona's closest friends, and her room mate in Mount Holyoke) ; in New York, at home in her Prom dress.
Mona had seen the dress in Vogue Teen and had fallen in love with it. We couldn't find it in the US. To cut it short the manufacturer in Italy had decided not to make it. We called their flagship store in Milano, Italy, then the factory. We wanted to buy the sample but they couldn't find it. We didn't give up until they finally found and we bought it. It took a while but we got it. As a sample the cost was low, they shipped it to the US, and Mona was the happiest girl in the prom.
There is a family picture in Italy; Mona in a swing with her brother Mac in Spain (she loved swings); with her dog, Mona named it EMMA - E for Esther, M for Mona, M for Mac, A for Alan) - in its first day home.
And finally you will read a beautiful dedication that a very good friend of Mona Daniella, Ariella Michal Medows wrote in an article in her memory, in the Harvard Law Record's Fall 2017 Orientation article.
To say that Mona was a beautiful kid is an understatement.
Recently, Mona Daniella's very good friend Ariella Michal Medows wrote an article in the Harvard Law Record article, which was included in the Fall Orientation issue geared toward incoming first-year students at Harvard Law School. Michal wrote: "This article is dedicated in memory of Mona Daniella Haddad, a brilliant young writer whose kindness shone light on countless lives." (Link to the article below)
Mona Daniella, a few months old in the swings at Carl Schurz Park, which she adored. This is where she played growing up. Sometime during winter 1990, New York, New York | USA
Mona Daniella on her 18th Birthday. She had the most beautiful hair with natural highlights. When I had asked the hair colorist to dye my hair to match hers, she had said "Not in your dreams, not even in my dreams, and I would have loved to match her color", 2008 New York, New York | USA
Mona Daniella's last New Year's Eve; January 1, 2016, 12:00 AM. In Elio's, the Italian restaurant in the neighborhood, whereMona had been going since she was new born. It was a family tradition to go there for dinner after watching the New Year's Eve concert in Carnegie Hall, which Mona loved. She had started that tradition.
Mona Daniella was a sensitive, gentle, kind, and caring person. She epitomized "Chessed", Loving-Kindness. She fought extremely hard. In a 2014 email I wrote to her that she was the bravest, the brightest, the most determined and the most resilient. Indeed she was. And much more.