Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jane's One Year Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary for my Aunt Jane's death. I know that this day will be a challenge for many in my family. 365 days did not pass unforgotten, but we lived with constant reminders that Jane is no longer with us. I have a curtain rod still hanging in my living room naked from the missing valence that was a project in process by Jane. We thought about taking it down considering my lack of sewing accomplishments due to 4 kids. However, I think we keep it as a tribute and reminder. Jane didn't only make us curtains, but encouraged us to be strong and live a fulfilling life. As we look through the glass her beautiful work hugs many of our windows and makes the outside world more beautiful. It is a gentle reminder that life is what you make it. She would always say to us, "Who said life is fair?" I know right now my family is imagining her saying this followed up by her deep Jane cackle and gasping breath. It was a common saying from Jane, right along with "Let us pray with our hearts and our eyes open!" and "What's wrong with naked?" She left a huge impression on me and I always chime out "I miss you Jane" when I pass the Diamond Lake exit on 35W. Despite her many challenges, I feel that Jane loved life and even more loved her family. We were lucky to call her Aunt, Sister, Daughter, and Friend. I know she wishes that she could be here to hold our hands when we need it (or finish our curtains), but reality is such. Live everyday like it is your last. I miss you Jane.

4 comments:

CJ said...

I shared this with Grandma Cookie this morning and she said "God Bless Molly". That's so nice.

Adam and Tara said...

Thinking of you guys on during this difficult day.

Your Fav Cuz said...

Sooo...I was doing alright UNTIL THAT! Love ya, cuz!

Jenny said...

This is such a sweet tribute, MJ. I know you miss her and I'm sure she is proud of you, especially with the new joy (and challenge) of adding Jocelyn & Aaliyah to your life. No doubt, she is keeping watch over your entire family.