Monday, 8 August 2016

Dear Mother of mine...............

 For a garden that has been somewhat neglected, it is obviously able to take care of itself.
 Cutting the grass and watering plants, were carried out here and there but only when time permitted.
 Life in the garden carried on..........
 as I nursed my Mother.     In the last few weeks of her life I was humbled by her acceptance of death.    A quietness surrounded her, and it was passed to all those who saw her in those last few weeks.
 One day, as I sat by her bedside, she was gazing out of the window, at the beautiful blue summer sky.
 "Goodbye world" she said with the most lovely smile.
 She took my hand.  "It is such a beautiful world Cheryl.   Take time to enjoy all that is around you."
 I will never forget the  words she spoke just before she died.     They left me with something special........passed from Mother to child.    

 We all have moments of darkness......but somewhere, sometime we see light, and we once again carry on with life.
I hear my Mothers words on a daily basis............and I smile.
She taught me so much in a lifetime...........thank you Mum.

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  1. This is a lovely tribute to your mother Cheryl, cherish the last words she said to you, they are so sweet.
    Wish you all the best, your garden is still looking great!

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  2. You were such a blessing to your Mum. You were blessed to be so cognate with your Mum. I know those last words will be with your always. Your Mum was so wise and she has passed that wisdom on to you.
    Nella looks quite happy with her surroundings and so should you. Blessings...

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    1. Thank you Lisa..........
      I am at peace with my Mother's passing.

      Nella has been left at home a lot these last two months. Something she is not used to. Time to get back into some sort of routine.

      Will be in touch.

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  3. This brought tears to my eyes... I have a lump in my throat... Beautiful moments... Time is so precious, Cheryl. Your garden is beautiful. I have been keeping you + your family in my thoughts + heart.

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    1. I had some very beautiful moments with my Mother. They will stay with me a lifetime. I was blessed to call her my Mother. I am at peace with her passing.......

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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  4. How lovely to have such wonderful memories of your mum and the wisdom that she passed on to you.

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  5. Very powerful words.

    Love the little green cricket sat on a flower. It all looks so pretty.

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    1. Wonderful to watch the insects through the camera lens Simon.
      Very therapeutic..........

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  6. Your garden is looking beautiful Cheryl - sometimes a little neglect is no bad thing. How lovely that you have your mothers' words to carry with you - as with my parents I noticed a sort of peace come over them; it is the ones left behind who don't understand that death needn't be frightening. When my mother was near the end I sat with her and she had a rapt expression on her face - I have just been listening to a blackbird sing she said - it was beautiful.

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    1. Beautiful story Elaine, thank you for sharing that with me.
      The song of the blackbird is quite lovely.....I am sure you must think of your mother when you hear one sing.

      The garden is ok as long as you do not look to closely.
      I have never seen so many weeds in the borders but I am not concerned. They will be pulled out as soon as I can get in amongst the plants :)

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  7. Oh Cheryl, you have me sobbing. Such beautiful words to remember, such beautiful memories of your dear mother, and such a beautiful, beautiful post. Huge hugs to you.xxx

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    1. I have so many wonderful memories Snowbird......I am very lucky.

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  8. Lovely post, Cheryl. I think your mother knew that you need to focus a bit more on yourself in this difficult year. You've been so worried about others and doing for them. What better way to honor her words than with your garden. You are blessed indeed to have had that very special moment to hold her hand and listen to the wisdom your mother shared with you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, that truly touched my heart.

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  9. This brought a tear to my eyes too. Thank goodness for flowers and wildlife to sustain us through difficult times. I'm so sorry Cheryl xx

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  10. Such lovely photo's and such lovely words too ...
    Mums are indeed so special - you were so fortunate to have had those precious moments with her - they are forever in our hearts.

    Thinking of you, take care

    All the best Jan

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