Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sadness And Hope

This has been quite a weekend for me. Certainly the ongoing trauma of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina is still prominent in my psyche. Secondly, the anniversary of 9/11 has also been on my mind. So much misery. Some caused by nature, and much of it caused by human nature. However, for me, the saddest part of this weekend has been the death of my favorite aunt.

Aunt Elaine was always filled with life. She was a great lady with a wonderful sense of humor who could easily laugh at herself as well as the antics of others. You may remember "L" or I posting about her and her dog... "Willy the wonder dog"... an unending source of amusement for Elaine and the rest of us. It's hard to believe that someone so young at heart has died. Unfortunately, she was someone who smoked too much of her life and didn't quit soon enough to avoid the misery of emphysema.

It is comforting for me to know that she is in a better place and is no longer struggling with her breathing. She was lucky that she did not linger a long time. Hope is a wonderful thing. It is why I know that this country will rebuild... the lives of those left behind after 9/11 and those left behind after Hurricane Katrina will go on. We will have other disasters that cause sadness, but somehow those left behind rebuild and go on. Things will never be the same... they will be different... hopefully, in some ways, they will be better. People with faith in a greater power grasp the hope that our faith gives us.

So, here's to you Elaine! You have been a bright spot in my life, and I know that you are in a better place... still chuckling over Willy's antics or some other whimsical thought. I will miss you.

In My Life the beatles

There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all


Cliff Morrow said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so appropriate that you should speak kindly of a wonderful Aunt. Talk of her often, in that way she'll live forever in your heart and have an influence for years to come, on others. Humor, or the ability to put all things in perspective (nearly the same thing in my mind)is such a gift and you were so blessed by her. My thoughts and prayers are sent your way.

Rachel said...

It's great that you were so close to your aunt. So sorry for your loss, but your memories shall sustain you.

L said...

she would have appreciated this post, and it's a great picture of her

frustratedwriter said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and I'm sorry for your loss. May the many wonderful memories bring you comfort during those times you ache to see them.

Ron Southern said...

With that photo and your description, you could sell Aunt Elaine anywhere. Of course, she probably wouldn't have been for sale, but you get my drift. Wish I'd met her.

PBS said...

Oh so sorry to hear about your Aunt Elaine. She looks so kindly and gentle in the photo. This was such a nice tribune to her memory!

Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

I'm sorry for your loss of your aunt. Wonderful tribute and one of my favorite songs for such a time. Take care ((Rhodent))