So here she is in my hands after traveling over the ocean from Australia from hand to hand. A treasure I will keep close to my heart, for sure.
Look at the lovely packaging from Sissy Sparrows, isn't it charming?
My Mom has been "going through" the things left from Grandma Pearl's passing five years ago. My Mom had a stroke late last year and I think she is setting her house in order. This scares me and also fills me with admiration for the inner strength my Mom has inside. She is determined to go through her things and lighten her load - I worry she will do too much.
In the process of sorting things, she is sharing things with her children. Like her beautiful hand quilted quilts. I received one that my Mom made and one that my Grandmother had pieced that my Mom quilted. Some things she sends home with us and others she shares with us before it goes back into it's drawer.
One of these was a family photo of my Grandma Pearl and her family when she was about four years old. I had never seen the photo before and it was very special to me, because - you see, I have been having a hard time with the loss of my Grandma, she has been gone for almost five years, but I still miss so profoundly. I keep wondering when I will wrap my heart around the fact that she is gone and that I should be over my pain....but, I am not. My heart aches and my eyes fill with tears...I miss her, still.
My grandma is the second to the youngest sitting next to her mother, Annie in the front of the photo. Annie and her girls, with the exception of the youngest, Willa - so beautifully, dark haired with dark eyes - just like me. My hair was so dark as a child that everyone called me, "Blondie".
I had never seen my great-grandmother, Annie as a younger woman. She died on the day I was born, it was a bittersweet day to be sure in our family. Welcoming a new baby on the same day you have to say goodbye to a woman who was loved so deeply. It broke alot of hearts. Because everyone loved sweet and gentle, Annie. All of the photos I had seen of her were of a time when she was in her 70's with pure white hair.
As soon as I saw this family photo, I knew what I wanted to do, carry my grandmother's photo with me in a locket or on a necklace.....something. It's funny how one thing leads to another and the purchase I made from Sissy Sparrows inspired me to add my grandmother's photo to one of my spoon bracelets. I took it a step further and added her name, birth year and year of death to the inside.
Now my Grandma can travel with me where ever my travels take me, she will be at my side, making me smile - once again. A reassurance and promise of this year's flowers in my garden (my enthusiasm for gardening comes from spending time with my Grandma), to be strong in the face the coming years, when health issues and loss of family begins to carve away at life.
Because of this....I treasure the fellowship of women bloggers....thank you. thank you. thank you - girls of Sissy Sparrows for being an inspiration from so far away. If you haven't been to their lovely blog - CLICK HERE and you'll be whisked away to the Land Down Under and the sisterhood of ....Sissy Sparrows - visit their Etsy Shop for beautiful soldered charms, jewelry and beautifully illustrated cards and art.