Wednesday, January 30

good morning mum!

I was sitting at the laptop, idly looking out the window
(as you do) and thinking about my mum.
Next month will be 9 years since she died
in terribly sad circumstances-
she was going to get married after long years without my dad
but had a heart attack 3 days before her wedding.
It's as if it was only yesterday but at the same time a hundred years ago;
those tragic events are indelibly etched but with time comes
the ability to temper the sadness with happier memories,
and mum had an uncanny knack of finding happiness in
the most unlikely situations!
I looked up at the sky and there, in the wintry morning sky
arched a rainbow, beautiful colours smiling down at me.
Good morning mum!
I love you xx


Carol Dent said...

Strange how the memories take you isn't it? I can just be doing something and my parents will wander into my mind. These days, it makes me smile, now that the rawness of loss has been smoothed away with time.

Jayne said...

The pain of loss never leaves you, sometimes it just hits you like it was yesterday when you lost a parent. I have some 'happy' photographs around that I look at in those times of sadness. jaynex

nilly said...

I was only thinking yesterday that it's a good trick to be able to keep the level of good things in life a few degrees above the inevitable crappy things, and lovely memories can help with this. My dad had that knack of finding happiness everywhere too and I was reminded yesterday, by a radio programme, of how he used to sing a lot as he went around the house. Do people still do that? I don't hear them.

Maria said...

Awww Bless you and your dear, Mum..
I have so many days like this too! I was drawn to your post this morning and actually see it as a lovely sign....I am saying'Good morning' to mine too and wishing she could pop around for tea and chats....Thank you for this lovely post.
Love Maria x

Vintage Jane said...

Your poor mum and so sad for her husband-to-be too. Isn't it strange how sometimes a rainbow appears at just the right time. Hope the sun's shining on you today. M x

thriftwood said...

Oh, this is the second so sad post I've read today! I feel for you my lovely and know just how you feel ... next month it will be 39 years since my Mam died and I still talk to her all the time and wish with all my heart that she was here. So sad that such a happy time was turned into tragedy, but your Mum will be so proud of you and all that you've achieved. Good morning to all the lovely mothers in heaven xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

How sad for everyone especially her gentleman. The memories are always in your heart!
I always know when my mum is near!
Julie xxxxxxxx

OhSoVintage said...

So many of us missing our dearest mums. Such very sad circumstances, I didn't know this but when you sent me the poem I knew you must know how I was feeling. That poem has comforted me on many occasions and I know it has meant a lot to others I have passed it on to who have also lost their mothers. The last few lines.....
Sending you a big hug.
Ruth xx

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Thats so sad, I am sorry to hear that.
It makes me want to treasure my Mum more even though she lives in florida and I hardly see her!
Thank you for reminding me of whats important...
D x

lettice leaf said...

There's nobody quite like your mum.

I still miss mine who died in 1971 at the age of 48, just two months after I'd had my son.

Elaine, celebrate her life and look in the mirror and know that she lives on.


Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Such an awfully sad tale, and so unfair to be snatched away just as happiness came to her. But, she lived with Hope and has imparted that spirit to you too. Minerva ~

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Vintage Tea Time said...

Oh, what a poignant post. Rainbows are really magic! Thinking of you. Thanks for your comment too x

Hesta Nesta said...

Lovely very poignant post Miss Bunny. The pain of losing someone can be so hard to bear. It is 30 years ago that I lost my beloved Grandad very suddenly. I've learnt to live with it but the pain never goes away. So tragic that your Mum died in those sad circumstances, thank goodness we have wonderful memories of these people that no one can take away. Thinking of you.
Jo xx

Sue said...

What a sad story. Your poor Mum to be so close to a new beginning and for it to be the end.

Nice that she can smile down on you in the rainbows and let you know she still watches over you.

I see the twinkle of my Dad's eye in every mischievous Robin that crosses my path as I potter outdoors.

Sue xx

Jee said...

How sad, just as your Mum was about to be so happy - and her poor husband-to-be, too. My parents died within six months of each other, I think frequently about my Mum, she found joy in every situation and was always counting her blessings, but it's my father who talks to me, his voice quite clear in my head in all sorts of situations.

Jee said...

Should have said my parents died within six months of each other 23 years ago. :-)

BadPenny said...

I am lucky to still have my mum - so sad when they are no longer with us.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

She is still with you, not in body but in your heart :) x

Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

I'm so lucky to still have both my parents but truly believe those we love never really leave us ~ our memories and stories that we can pass on keep them alive in our hearts. Keep smiling...Ali x

Sherri B. said...

A very touching post, my friend.

I can see your moms rainbow in the photo...what a happy gift!

I am sorry that you are without her, it is hard to not have our father passed many years ago but I still miss him too. He was a strict parent so the memory of his voice giving me behavioral 'reminders', still are with me.

Fading Grace said...

Just wanted to send you a BIG hug xxx

Sylvia said...

So touching, Elaine, sorry to read this about your mother, so sad !
I had to think of this quote I once used on a photo :

'Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
and the dreams you dare to dream really do come true.'
~ Lyman Frank Baum

Big hug,

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Do we ever forget the pain of loss ... I guess not ... but to find peace in a rainbow, that is a blessing x

Thea said...

Your Mum will always be in your special to see a rainbow.. I was sitting in my garden last summer thinking of my Mum and a butterfly landed on my hand ..
Thinking of you
Thea x

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

I'm very sorry about your Mum, Elaine. How heartwarming to look up and see your Mum's rainbow. And now you have this photo to remind you anytime that your Mum is never far away. What a lovely view you have from your house. Sending big hugs. xo

Anonymous said...

Hope the rainbow cheered you: things like that are meant to be, and arrive unbidden just when you need them. Gone from you, but never gone from your heart. Can tell your mum was special. Thank you for your lovely blog, which always cheers and inspires the rest of us. God bless! Lizziewoodwose

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