Posts tagged ‘Family’

January 24, 2011

Please forgive me if I cry a little.

Today, I feel unfocused. I should have plenty of things to do but I can’t think what they are. My Grandmother is dying. Sometimes I feel like my life is full of days spent waiting for things to happen to me and around me. Today I’m waiting. I’m waiting for news from our estate agent and I’m waiting for news from the rest home.

I’m waiting for something to prompt me to action. There’s an awkward period when someone is in their last days. When do you go? How do you get there? Can I make it down there at all?

I remember, recently, my sisters and I were looking through some old photographs with Mum. The only photographs that I remember at this moment are the portraits of Grandma. They were taken when she was a young nurse. Just head and shoulder shots. In some of them she wore her nursing uniform, in others she didn’t. They were quite formal and she looked a bit stiff, or, at least, not at ease. But I’m glad she had them taken. I imagine they were poignant then for my sister who became a nurse. They’ll be special for all of us now.

I think I have a snapshot somewhere of my last visit to her. I’m not sure where to find it though. I guess if I keep looking it’ll turn up. Then, perhaps, I’ll make a special album page just for her.

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October 25, 2010

Look to Remember

Treasure memories of better times. Look at old photographs. Take the time to sort, print and archive photos that make you feel good or remind you of when you did. It’s easy to forget what we were like in better times and looking through photographs of a time not so very long ago jogs the memory and rekindles hope; Hope that soon things will be better and, again, you’ll find yourself smiling.

Frame a favourite picture of your spouse.

When you’re desperate and you wonder if God has forgotten or forsaken you, pray just one more prayer and you’ll find that He has not. He’s just giving you the chance to learn and to become more virtuous – a better you. Just as you would never leave your child, He will never leave His.

Hug your parents. Really hug them, a good squeeze. Smile at a small child. Cuddle someone’s baby. Spend a few hours with the sibling you’ve been worried about so you can really know that they’re ok.

If these times, for you, are good, mark them.  There will come a time you need to remember them.

Some say photographs are just for people with bad memories . . . I say all memories need a jog sometimes.

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