I miss them.
So when my Grandad passed away last spring on Miss B's birthday, a few years after my Gram had passed away, and their house had to be sorted out and sold...the only thing that I wanted was a picture that had been hanging on the wall in that living room for as long as I could remember. The picture is made up of several pieces of paper, each cut in different ways, then layered together to make an image of a bouquet of flowers.
It is all I wanted to remember them by.
My mom didn't tell me that she had gotten this picture for me. I thought it was gone. But when she came for Miss blessing day...she brought it as a baby gift for our new little one.
To me, it represents my time with them. It reminds me of the layers of family history and and our relationships...my grandparents...my parents...me...my children. Each generation layering a complex and beautiful addition to the final product that is our family.
When we were expecting our little Miss , we wanted her to have a connection to the layers of our family history, which is why we choose my Gram's name for Miss middle name. It was our way to line up those layers of our family--to continue making that beautiful Whole with our children adding their layer to the top. It was inspired and surprising and perfect to have this picture be the baby gift for my Gram's namesake.
While I wish that my grandparents could have been here for Miss blessing day...having my favorite thing to remember them by was as good as I could get.
|My sister, Whitney, and her family, my parents, us, and Dr. C's parents. (Whitney's husband was taking the picture).|
|Miss Z wearing the blessing gown that my mom made for me when I was blessed. Miss B also wore it for her blessing day. That dress also has layers.|
|Could she be any cuter? No, I think not. Too bad she screamed through her whole blessing though!|
Miss Z is just beginning to add her layer and I am excited to see what it will look like.