Last year when my Mother was bidding farewell to her years on earth, my sister who was staying with her. Passed the time, drawing and colouring, memories of another time.
Change happen, with “progress” comes destruction, to “make way” for “infill” buildings that are meant to fill in where older homes , single family homes with laneways, garages that held the cars that used to fit inside them, and usually have pretty front lawns, and backyards, big enough for small patios and gardens, either filled with flowers in season, or vegetables.
Now these homes when their owners pass away, are taken over by builders who tear them down, and put in two homes on a lot that was meant for one. Usually, architecture that is cold and sterile. Forget a lawn or garden spaces. Cement, pavement and more cold man-made materials, usually in various shades of grays and blacks. Garages if there, are usually part of the main floor, still usually too small for the bigger cars of today, so they end up always outside parked on the single space of the paved front of the dwelling.
Sad, but that is progress. If you are near, or can easily get to green space. Treasure it. Take the time to enjoy it. Listen to the birds when they visit (if they do) enjoy the fresh earthly smells of spring, and watch as the young flowers unfold to embrace another season of “life”
Life, can be fleeting. Live in the moment. Enjoy each and every second of your day. don’t wait till it fades away.
I was chatting with friend the other day, since cancer is now factored into my life, we were discussing how people react to the word. It was interesting to note, that when I said that cancer was much like being told you are diabetic. She did not agree. Her reasoning was that cancer usually meant death. I understood that she felt that being diabetic your chances were much better. Diabetes is known as the silent killer.
We are born to die. Death is something we all face. A perfectly healthy person, can drop dead without warning. Perhaps they were borderline.. high blood pressure, maybe it was cholesterol, or like my husband, out of nowhere, after living a lifetime with his heart, and never having a problem, he was told, he had an irregular heart beat and it was problamatic to his cancer treatments ?
I fail to see why cancer gets top billing, and why because someone gets the cancer card, it is deemed gloom and doom. Sure there are difficult times, but someone with a gall bladder issue, will be driven almost insane with the pain that they endure till something is done about it. A kidney stone, is not a joking matter either. And ladies, how about that 9th month party of labour pain and the utter joy of the delivery room.
Cancer is a wicked surprise, and it is a challenge, however, we still go to bed each night and wake every morning. How we choose to make use of our time while we are awake and greeting the day, is our choice. The love of life, and the understanding that this is not the time to squander our moments, means that life is full. Love continues to grow and shine it’s light into our activities.
There is an appreciation of the blessings that we have been able to share, and continue to share.
There is no escaping death, whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, we are alive, and we will continue to live until the day/night comes when we go beyond what is here and now. Then, we will be forever/always.
My sister in law was a strong resourceful woman, she battled with medical problems what seems like forever. Yet she raised her family, say her children marry, and then the blessing of grandchildren. Had she stayed around, she and my brother in law would have celebrated I believe their 49th. anniversary.
The last few years saw her visiting the train station, more than I’m sure she wanted to, but an intelligent woman, she knew that a journey was soon to come. I never failed to marvel at her sense of “life” no matter her physical limitations, she always had an aura of vibrancy and life the emanated from her. Everyone who met her, dealt with her, enjoyed her presence. Even in the greatest discomfort, she made you feel welcome by her side. A “true lady”, genteel, she will be greatly missed.
She was a ray of sunlight that shone just a tad brighter than most.
The last few days, we saw the skies cloud over, we felt the murmur and call of the Universe.
One night the stars shone extra brightly, the next morning, we knew, she had spread her wings and flown home where she will shine down on us from up above.
The sunbeams that dance across the lakes, and caress the changing seasons, will always be a bit of Georgina, reminding us, she is not far away, Her legacy and faith in “life” will always BE.
Rest in Peace dear friend, you will never be forgotten..