First Anniversary of Mother's Death

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© Andrea Petersen
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Let thy work appear unto thy servants and thy glory unto their children and let the
beauty of the Lord our God be upon us....Psalms 90: 16-17

My mother passed away a year ago today and another Hibiscus bloom opened on the anniversary of her death...The other flower on the right that opened two days ago on my nieces birthday is closing now.

I found a tiny photo amongst my mother's old albums of Mom holding me as a toddler but there is no date on the back..I would say it was shot in the summer of 1944. I wish my older sister could have been on the portrait too...There are so few family pictures around during those early years after our house burned down in 1951, when I was 7 years old except for what we were given back from relatives as most of the family pictures that were in the house were destroyed from the fire...We had just moved 6 weeks before the house burned to the ground in the winter time and fortunately there were some ancestors pictures left in the sheds that had not been moved up to the house yet.. Worse than losing family pictures of early childhood was in losing my younger 5 year old brother..but we got through that hard time.

The original print was very tiny and it also included one of my aunts with her daughter, a cousin, who was born the same year as me...But needed to crop them off after I scanned the print so I could get in closer to include it with the hibiscus flower that just opened today on the anniversary of Mom's death....She lived a long life and died when she was 102 years old...there is not a day that I don't think of her...What I noticed about this picture after I made it bigger is one of my fingers touching hers and I so remember how much Mom used her hands in her music with being a church organist for 75 years. Mom brought music to my life but most of all she brought love..

Thank you so much Davide for the kindness of the spotlight...That means a lot to me.

22 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Andrea, I can understand how you feel, the first anniversary of my mother, is on 6 January 2013, interface and it is very sad. you hug.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   said (26 Oct 2012):

    The image of you together absolutely shines with the hibiscuis blossoms surrounding it. She would be so proud of this tribute, it`s so beautiful. That first anniversary is so difficult.. and my thoughts are with you, Andrea.

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    It will be a sad time for you but with a lifetime of happy thoughts.My mother passed on fifty year ago next month without any grandchildren to enjoy.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    This is a poignant and time of many emotions, I am glad she had a long, very loved life with you, beautful photo of her.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (26 Oct 2012):

    Thank you for the comments...With life comes death and the older we become the more people we lose that are close to us...Not everyone is so blessed to be granted a long life...It made me feel good that a flower in our house opened a year after her death. She loved it at the home place when her red Hibiscus sometimes bloomed in the winter by her picture window I have many good memories of Mom in her active years and she shared many of her memories with me of the people in her life who passed on.

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte   said (27 Oct 2012):

    Beautiful tribute to your Mom, sure she would have love !

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Losing a loved one is always difficult, this is a lovely memory for you !

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    my prayers....may god give u strength. your mom was a beautiful lady!

  • Rosemarie Ouellette

    Rosemarie Ouellette said (27 Oct 2012):

    Your Mom was indeed lovely, but look at the pride in her face as she held her beautiful child. She shines down on you, her dear child. Great tribute!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    My, how the time flies, Andrea. I was honored to know her (indirectly through you). Loving tribute.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL picture and a beautiful tribute to your mother

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Such a loving and beautiful tribute.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    This is so touching and emotional......a wonderful remembrance

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    A Beautiful Tribute Andrea.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   said (27 Oct 2012):

    Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there.
    I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn's rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there.
    I did not die.

    Mary Frye

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (27 Oct 2012):

    Thank you everyone so much for your very kind words...When I read these comments, I know that you all have all been there with losing someone dear to you...Life has its very sad times
    but it also has happy times with good memories to embrace and treasure..The poetry by Mary Frye, Gloria....is beautiful..I have always loved that poem..Thank you for posting it.

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin said (27 Oct 2012):

    That is a beautiful tribute to your mother. Whether it's the first anniversary or the 30th, your mom will always be with you in your heart.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    This is so touching, Andrea! I know your Mom would and probably is very proud of you and this tribute to her!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    Beautifully done, Andrea, and such a fitting tribute to your mother!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    great photo

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    A poignant and wonderful tribute and such great memories

  • rashmi a

    rashmi a gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    A beautifu tribute !

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