This post is in memory of my lovely, beautiful grandmother whose memorial party I had the joy of attending this past weekend.
I am blessed to be surrounded by curious, fascinating, lovely family who chatter, chirp, and move like I do. We gathered to celebrate of the life of an amazing woman--my mother's mother--who brought to life so many of my favorite people: my siblings, my mom, my cousins, my future descendants, my aunt and uncle, my relatives.
In the afternoon we spent with each of her friends and close colleagues, I learned story after story of her life, of things I knew and didn't know--and above all, was grounded with a sense of how much my grandmother did for others, and for her community: she loved being active, she loved events, she knew how to throw a killer parties, she was crafty and full of ideas, and she couldn't stop making things and putting things together. Born of another generation, I get so much of who I am from her, and I am grateful.
Mommy, and Grandma, I love you.
This was the poem we shared for her.
To those I love
If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you there,
(I'd come... I'd come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad...
For I am loving you just as I always have...
You were so good to me!
There are so many things I wanted still to do...
So many things to say to you...
Remember that I did not fear...
It was just leaving you that was so hard to face...
We cannot see Beyond... But this I know:
I love you so...
'Twas heaven here with you!
- Isla Paschal Richardson, (1886-1971)
In other updates: The responses I've gotten from the Proust Questionnaire have been so fun to read! Thank you to everyone who reached out and shared an answer or two with me. I loved reading them!
Also: The charity:water fundraiser is going really well - we're already halfway through the fundraiser (amazing!) and we still have at least another four weeks to go--a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I'm incredulous because now it seems like we *might* actually make this happen. If you want to donate or learn more, please do!