I am linking up again with What's the Story this week over at PODcastdove, I wondered whether to post a sad story but see it also as a celebration of life to those who will never be forgotten.
I have piles of family photo's, given to me by my late grandmother, thrust into my hands over the years, I was enamoured by them all. I love to gaze into old photo's of times gone by and wonder about the women in them especially.
This photo was a family wedding, my beautiful aunt is the one on the far right. I've taken a magnifying glass to the photo to check out the fashion, my aunt's dress would have been made by my grandmother, I would wear that today, how things come around.
Sadly my grandmother lost her daughter at age 50, my aunt was the most fabulous lady. She was the youngest of 4 daughters borne to my grandparents, she lived life for all of those 50 years.
No Mother should outlive their child, it should be a universal law, one written in stone somewhere out there to be abided by for all time.
I was enamoured by her, she was beautiful, vibrant, funny and she bought me my first handbag when I was 10. I remember my father thanking her as it made me so happy, I have been a lover of handbags ever since!
When visiting my grandmother after, she would just sit and gaze into the distance. I would look at her and wonder what she must be thinking, remembering.
Remembering her baby girl when she entered the world, her 4th girl, my grandfather famously said he need not lift a finger as he had 5 women to look after him!
Remembering the toddler girl, like TC, racing around, chasing the chickens and goats that she kept.
Remembering the beautiful, blossoming girl, loved by her older sisters, ready to go out into the world.
Remembering the Mother she became to 2 beautiful girls of her own before she became unwell and slipped away....
History sadly repeated itself when I lost my own child, now I envy my grandmother having had that 50 years with her child, seeing her through all that life had to give, except old age.
No Mother should outlive their child, it should be written in the stars.