Life ends, life begins and life goes on.
Feeling atop the circle of life with the death of my aunt followed closely by the birth of my grandchild, it has been a hectic week. As they always do, each of these life happenings kindled those deep emotions reminding me, once again, how I need to love deeply.
My aunt was a favorite and my childhood memories are filled with her laughing, joking, making smart-aleck remarks and her family famous German Chocolate Cake. The last several years, especially since the death of her husband, finding joy in daily life seemed to be more of a struggle but, she still made us smile with her constant repetition of phrases like, “I’ll tell you for durn sure” and “well o gosh o Friday”. (I never knew what the second one meant or where the saying came from but it was a staple)
She had a full life – even went parasailing at the age of 80. And, while I know she is no longer suffering, and has been reunited with those she loved so dearly, I will miss her.
And, so, as death passes a new life begins with the birth of Colette Grace this week. Colette is apparently a very laid back and relaxed baby who is in no hurry to go anywhere fast. She took her sweet time introducing herself but, when she arrived, her birth was beautiful and filled with a quiet that was broken only by her first breaths and a good cry with the doctor announcing, “it’s a girl!”. As Colette’s life began on the outside of her mother’s womb, there was a peace prevailing in the room. A peaceful beginning for Colette and a peaceful ending for my aunt. A lovely way to end and begin life.
When they got home I watched her sleeping in the bassinet and I was surprised how tiny she looked. It really is so easy to forget how little they are as newborns and how fast they grow. This was driven home that evening when we got to video chat with our grandson in Japan. At 3 1/2 months old he is already getting big and is smiling, talking and changing everyday.
Birth, life, death – it is all closely entwined and serves to remind me how lucky I am to have so much love in my life. I hope those around also feel deeply loved by me.