Saturday, July 18, 2009

Messages to heaven

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The chirp of magic markers sent up a chorus of sound in the otherwise silent family room—like an orchestra of crickets—as we each penned our individual messages of gratitude, of appreciation, and of love.

The minutes passed and still everyone wrote.

Some drew.

We had no idea what the others were writing.

When everyone had finished, we took our helium-filled balloons to the front yard, the yard she loved, filled with flowers and the aroma of the night breeze off of Lake Pend Oreille.

As one we sent our messages skyward, a rainbow of color against a blue canvas of sky.


We stood and watched, arms around each other as the nine balloons floated away to the east; one for each of us present—and one for Mom. We stood there watching until they had completely vanished on the distant eastern skyline—still huddled together in a small group.

Like a family.

Just like us.

12 comments:

Gerb said...

Thanks for another peek into your life. I love the sentiment, the pictures and the feel of this post. Plus, I'm sure your mom was thrilled to receive the messages.

Kris said...

That is so cool you did that. She was smiling on you that day and everyday!

007penguin said...

What a lovely idea. She will enjoy receiving your thoughts.

Linn said...

Love this!

SO said...

Wonderful. We did this with the balloons but not the messages after my dad passed away. I like the idea of sending messages.

Danielle said...

That was awesome that you guys all got to do that together!

Valerie said...

How beautiful!!

Holms TP said...

Beautiful tribute :)

Teachinfourth said...

G - I knew that you - of all people - would be able to relate.

K - I think she was, too.

KH - I don't think she needed the added medium, just us.

L - So did I.

S - There was something about writing the messages which made it feel so much more...real.

D - I was glad that we did. It was an experience after the funeral which was good for us all.

V - Thanks.

T - Thanks, sir. I've missed reading up on you lately.

TheGlamCam said...

you have a beautiful mind...

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Catching up on some of your posts. I came to this one after the year post. It choked me up. It's a loving, beautiful, and bonding tribute. Thanks for sharing such private moment.

Shannon said...

What a truly amazing act of love and devotion...just perfect.

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