Two years ago today...

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Today marks two years since my beloved grandmother, Ardith, passed.  I was with her when she left us, as was my dad and my aunt.  It's still haunts me, her passing.  I wish I could say it's easier.  It is somewhat softer around the edges, but I still think of those last days in some capacity each and every day.  I realize this is part of life, learning to let go as well as embracing the pain of loss.  And I have let go, for the most part, but her memory is here with me always.  I'm very thankful for that. 



This photo of Ardith is one of my favorites.  It was taken in Columbia, on a lush green mountain.  She looks so happy and full of life.  I often wonder what she was looking at when the photo was taken.  If I had seen this photo before her death, I would have asked her.  The thing is, I never saw this particular photograph until after she was gone...It was in a box of old photographs stored away in her home.  I like to think she's looking at a magnificent flock of birds, flying across that cloud covered sky...

Sometimes I think of Ardith as a great white bird, maybe an egret, gracefully floating on the breezes...slowly disappearing from sight into the neverending blue sky...


Thank you so much for stopping by, dear friends, and thank you for being you...xo



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9 comments:

Brenda said...

Oh Dennice, I am send love and hugs your way. What a lovely photo - thank you for sharing your beautiful grandmother with us. xoxo

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Such beautiful sentiment, Dennice. What a treasure that photo is too. Beautiful.

diane said...

this photograph is really amazing.

letting go and embracing...so beautiful and true of this mystery called life.

thank you for this post.

peaceful thoughts are winging your way. <3

24 Corners said...

Oh D...this day marks four years since the passing of my young sister-in-law, who I was with when she passed also...the day and she are with me everyday, it's a very strong and uniquely special experience that we shared together, as you did with your beloved Ardith...and it does get "softer around the edges", such a perfect description, yet it's constant...my heart is always anchored there somehow.

What a blessing to have had such a lovely and adventurous lady (Columbia!) as your grandmother, and I've always loved that you have her kitchen things...a true part of her daily life that is now part of yours.

Hugs dear friend...and much love.

Fringe said...

Thank you so much, wonderful ladies, for your very heartwarming comments. They mean a great deal to me. I wish I could give you all a great big hug!

J - I can only imagine the pain you've experienced with your loss. I don't think there's anything more difficult than losing a loved one who is young, with their whole life ahead of them. I'm so sorry for your loss, dear one!

My love to you all...xoxo

hometown girl said...

this photo is lovely sweet friend, my thoughts are with you. hugs, suz

Catherine Ivins said...

beuauiful photo and post Dennise- thank you for sharing it

Fringe said...

Suz and Cat - Thank you so very much for your loving words, dear ones. They truly mean so much to me!

*hug x 2*

red ticking said...

i always tell your brother she is dancing in heaven with helen mae (my grams) i am sure they are pals...
i think of her all the time... she lives with me ... and ardith with you... big hug sweetie... xoxo