death and life

Death has touched my small corner of the universe.
Death in all of its horror and splendor.
She is free now... free from pain and suffering.

She quietly opened the door and made her way down the steps to the garden to view the first snowdrops of spring -while he was out running an errand. Each step a struggle... she moved slowly but with certainty. Upon his return he found her in the garden - a world away from the chair in the den that had become her home. They savored the moment - wondering if, wishing it not so - but both secretly knowing, this would be her last visit.

I will remember her every spring when the snowdrops bloom. I will remember her strength and dignity. I will remember her laughter despite the pain. I will remember the feel of her soft cheek against mine. She is finally at peace. She taught me more than she will ever know.

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sandig said...

She is at peace. After a long struggle - at peace. Her laughter - her love, her dignity in the face of such suffering will not soon be forgotten.

"How are you?" she said. "I am ok" I replied, trying to fight back the tears. "Are you ok?" I asked. "I will be soon" she replied.

Anonymous said...

what a sad part of life, yet you have made it seem beautiful.....she was right!
ill keep you in my prayers.

Sherri said...

I thought you said you weren't a writer, Sandi. You described her beautifully... and beautiful she was.

In my 10 year old's words, "She's all better now."

Missing her too...

tongue in cheek said...

you took my breath away with your words and photo. Glorious!

Heidi said...

I am sorry for your loss my friend...and I second Sherri with the opinion that you are a writer.

thinking of you and, as always, enjoying your blog.


sandig said...

Thank you. I added a photo today that I took shortly before she went into the hospital for the last time. Her snowdrops were a little ahead of mine as they enjoyed placement in a warm part of her yard. I didn't want to post this shot at first - I just couldn't. I am ready now. Enjoy.