Though I knew it was coming, I feel a little like I’ve been punched in the stomach tonight. I just found out that Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer at the age of 57. I suppose everyone has their own special memories of any actor they are fond of (and I mean “fond of” not in a stalker-ish way but in an admiring-from-afar kind of way). In my mind, though he played many awesome characters in many different kinds of projects, to me he will always be Orry Main and Johnny Castle.

I took a breath after hearing the news of his death and then my thoughts went immediately to his wife, Lisa Niemi. Patrick and Lisa met when they were teens and had been married since 1975. Though they tried (and I think I read that she miscarried twice), they never had children. They were inseparable. My heart goes out to Lisa, Patrick’s lifetime dance partner. I can’t imagine what she’s going through right now.

I guess it’s time to pull out the “North and South” DVDs again this weekend…