Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Life After Life - Here She Comes Y'all

“I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white 
cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “there, she is gone!” “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!” And that is dying .” - Henry Van Dyke

I am dedicating this post to my dear Auntie Mabel.   She once told me I hope when the time comes for me to leave this place I will just float away on a cloud.  This past Monday July 15th she took her cloud ride.  She will remain in my fondest memories as someone who hosted the best family Christmas parties and was the best cook and hostess setting the loveliest dinner tables.  Our family waves goodbye to you from this shore Auntie Mabel

 That's our Auntie Mabel seated at the table 3rd from the left. 

and our hearts our happiest knowing at this time that our beloved Jingu Family on the distant shore were there waving at you too, with open arms yelling out excitedly

 "Here she comes y'all !"  


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful Barb!
The perfect tribute to a life well lived.

Anonymous said...

I love the sentiments that you've shared, Barb. It's a beautiful way to frame our losses, and helps us grieve with hope and happiness, too. We are lucky when someone so special touches our lives like your aunt touched yours and so many others. Long live Auntie Mabel!

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