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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pushing Towards Forever

We stood on the edge of the wooden platform. Amber and red jewels drifted from the lobes of the trees, stirring in the wind before resting on the ground.

I held his shoulders. The river rushed beneath our feet."Your grandmother will always be in these waters,"  I said."And she'll always be with you."

He pondered this, a divot creasing his front brow. And then, cupping his hands, his voice rang out. "I love you Grandma!"

The wind sighed, and the water continued to push toward forever.

My hands shook as I pressed his body to mine. All was salt and held breath.

"Mommy," he whispered,  "She said 'I love you, too.' "

And in that moment, I knew it to be true.

*With much love to my mother-in-law. Rest in peace. *



22 comments:

CDG said...

"The water continued to push toward forever."

So beautiful and bittersweet.

Cheryl said...

Simply beautiful, Nancy. xo

John said...

(((hug)))

writing granny said...

Very touching. You've captured the mixture of emotions beautifully. I especially liked: "The wind sighed and the water continued to push towards forever."

angela said...

This is lovely. Hugs to you, your whole family, and your very wise little boy.

Galit Breen said...

Oh you, this is pure lovely.

(I am so, so very sorry dear friend.)

XO

From Tracie said...

This is so very beautiful, Nancy.

I'm sending love to you and your family.

Mel said...

You've made me cry into my coffee.
This is very beautiful.
Condolences to you and your family.
Hugs too.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Beautiful words and I'm so sorry....((hugs))

TKW said...

Morning tears. But beautiful.

Jenny said...

Oh my gosh. This is so poignant.

Jenny said...

Was this fiction or based on a recent loss?

I looked back through your previous posts and was unclear.

If it is based on fact, please accept my sympathies.

If it is based on fiction, I restate my previous post. Girl...seriously...YOU CAN WRITE!

Muliebrity said...

So sorry for your loss.

Coby said...

Oh Nancy, this is beautiful. I'm so sorry, sweet friend, and I'm praying fervently for your family.

Kir said...

The wind sighed....loved the image and feeling that conveyed . This just took my breath away.

Victoria KP said...

Gorgeous. That's one perceptive little boy you have there.

Kim said...

This hurt my heart my friend. I'm so sorry for your loss, I know how close you all were. This is beautiful writing.

January Dawn said...

There is so much I love about this...and so much that made my heart ache for you. Breathtaking.

Ash said...

Oh my heart. Sweet, sweet boy.

StarTraci said...

A stunningly beautiful tribute. I am sure that your mother-in-law knows how dearly loved she is. You and yours are in my thoughts.

xo
Traci

Julie said...

In just a few lines, you captured forever. And truth.

"All was salt and held breath."

So much love.
And she knows.

noisycolorfullively said...

Nancy, I've barely managed to keep up with my reader, let alone comments, but I've read. And I've prayed.

I'm sorry for your loss.

Sometimes, that grief brings about the most beautiful works. This would be one of those times. They're truly, truly lovely words. Thank you for sharing them with us. It really is a gift.