I never wanted to write such a column and certainly not about this lady! It was supposed to be a fun event today, another amazing Superscrabble party at Maliha’s home in Tustin Ranch. I look forward to it every month and today was no exception. But tragedy struck yesterday when word came out that Maliha had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. What a loss for me personally and for Scrabble in general. I have been in deep depression ever since I heard the news. I found her to be one of the gentlest and most caring people I have ever met.
I heard about Superscrabble years ago but never had the urge to participate. I thought it was kinda silly. After all, who wants to play Scrabble at twice its normal size?? But I finally gave in and never looked back. It was December 2017 and did I have a blast… Some of the most fun I ever had… And it was all due to Maliha. She made everyone feel welcome in her home. She had a heart of gold and now she is gone. This really hurts but with the help of others I hope to carry on her legacy with more Superscrabble. The details still need to be worked out but it would be a tragedy if we did not carry on in her honor and in her memory..
We were supposed to have fun today but instead we will be attending her funeral tomorrow. How very sad!! Rest in peace my very dear friend.. You will always have a special place in my heart…
David Poder, Director
NASPA Club #34, Huntington Beach, CA