A break from the funny today, although, I promise it’ll be back on Friday!
A few weeks ago I wrote this post, which was a tribute to my grandmother who died on Easter.
We didn’t have a funeral or service, but sent communications to people who knew and loved her that she had passed. She was cremated and her ashes scattered, so there’s no official place to visit. But my mom wanted a remembrance, so she mounted a little fairy statue on one of the grand cypress trees that stands on the property that’s been in my family for 40 years. And to further add tribute in the little grove of wondrous trees, my family – all five of us – made hanging crystal sun-catchers.
Here is mine:
Here is my husband’s:
Here is the girl’s:
Our oldest’s was so high in the branches, it wasn’t quite visible in the photo.
But here is my younger son’s:
They looked so pretty hanging there under the branches, reflecting the occasional sunbeam.
And of course it made me remember my grandmother. And what I thought about while I was up on a ladder tying my little sun-catcher to the cypress branch, was about how much of what I get to be, I get to be because she gave me the gift of limitless horizons. She was so far ahead of her time in education, science, tolerance…and the idea that I can do anything I want, be anything I want, move any direction my brain and my feet choose to take me came from her. She had it, she gave it to my mother, and then both of them gave it to me.
I only really saw the truth of that recently, that she was my own personal trailblazer. That path is easier for me because she walked it first.
So today I wonder, who blazed your trails for you? I would love to hear.
This post happily linked to “Inspired By…” at The Inspired Room.