Monday, May 28, 2007

Memory's Petals

Petals tossed into the air.

Memorial Day is a day of flowers - those that bloom beside the graves and those that we carry to them.

The Sun rose through the mist that lifts from the river at night.

Life continues to bloom among the headstones.

A Rose Shower for Laurie

Petal Catcher

Robin and petals at her friend's grave.

Rose petals for Grandma and Grandpa.

Rose petals for Dad.

The Poppy's petals below Bob and Robin's gazebo.

My brother and husband. Life is good.

One more petal.

My sister-in-law, Robin, and I made the rounds today. Robin is sister-in-law in name only. She is a true sister of my heart.
'Law' - a funny word for this history - this love.

The breezes in the local cemeteries lifted our rose petals and laid them gently around the granite stones. We said the names of a parent, grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister-in-law and old friends. The initial giddiness grew thin. It's always with regret and relief that we pull away from these resting places to join the world of the living again.

Life is good.



KGMom said...

Cathy--what a lovely way to celebrate & memorialize loved ones' lives. The petals are lovely & ephemeral, reminding us of both the beauty & brevity of life.

NatureWoman said...

I love the use of petals to help you remember your loved ones.

Laurie said...

What a beautiful way to honor your loved ones, Cathy. You've made me cry in the best possible way. You are one in a million, dear lady, and I am proud to call you my friend.

Jen said...

Thank you for posting these pictures Cathy. We just got back from visiting Mom Koop's grave and taking a small tour around the cemetery. It made me think of Laurie's grave and how the last time I visited it was unmarked. It was reassuring to see the beautiful bench and know that you and Robin visited. Love you,

Mary said...

Wow...the cemetary is an amazing place to give honor. I spent last weekend at cemetaries and I was enriched. Obviously, it had the same effect on you.

These photos are so darn meaningful, Cathy. You know how to tell a story. I read it three times, just to soak it in.

All of the photos are right on, but I especially like "the boys". What a life. Enjoy.

[(The pup is a sweet thang, too)] too :o)

Pam said...

What a beautiful tribute, the petals.

Body Soul Spirit said...

A beautiful post. Life is short, but memories can be long...

Patrice said...

"Life continues to bloom among the headstones." Cathy! That is the basic message I've been reaching for. Thank you for this beautiful post!

Larry said...

-That was beautiful and calming-a wonderful memorial-Very artistic-

Anvilcloud said...

That's quite a poignant post, old girl.

mon@rch said...

Such a sad post and wonderful memory of everyone! Hope you had a wonderful memorial day!

Carolne said...

Just beautiful. Both the images and the sentiment behind them. My father had a beautiful saying which, I think, came from his Jewish heritage: "How blessed we are to have had such good people in our lives."

Bonita said...

As always, so much fragrance here...a lovely remembrance.

Claude said...

This is my first visit to your blog, but I'll be back. Loved your photos.