Monday, March 28, 2011

life goes on...

When we got home, it seemed things had decided we needed cheering up. Everything had decided to bloom. It was so nice to see how life can continue as normal...spring is always magical, anyway...



A friend sent this gorgeous arrangement over the weekend...



We finished planning the funeral and reception. Because Be was a WWII veteran he will have the gun salute and taps at his internment.

I can't get behind the idea of wearing black for a year (or longer) like they used to, but I do like the idea of those arm bands people used to wear -- something that shows the world that people are grieving and just need a little consideration; a bit of compassion in this harsh --at times--world...

14 comments:

Ms. A said...

Lovely flowers and I'll bet the area is blooming like crazy. Won't be long now, till you'll be battling the heat. Don't know about you, but I'm not looking forward to that.

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

So sorry for your loss. The flowers help to cheer the day a little. I think it's lovely that he will have the taps and gun salute, but I am with you, wearing black for a year is a bit much, especially for these times.

Cottage Tails said...

Just sending you some ((HUGS))) - glad you came home to some nice blooms.

Love Leanne

Linda Starr said...

Beautiful flowers especially like the ikebana style arrangement, sorry for your loss.

Reader Wil said...

You wrote a worthy tribute to your old friend Be. Thanks for your comment. Actually this came as a surprise as I had not posted anything and probably clicked on the wrong button. I had no idea until I read your comment Well I posted the entry now together with some photos of Gouda and some extra information.

Arkansas Patti said...

The flowers and the caring thoughts behind them has to help with your pain.
Perhaps we should go back to the arm bands. Grief needs time and the bands would let others know, we are not healed yet,please be kind.

Kittie Howard said...

The flower arrangement is a beautiful tribute to a caring person in a caring family. The corner of your Florida room seems so peaceful, with a serene, uplifting view that Nature is so good at. I can imagine you relaxing here (as I think I would.)

When I think of Baton Rouge, I think Geaux Tigers...hmm, when LSU plays Arkansas I bet you and 'best' have some fun bets. BTW, whenever LSU's not playing X sport and two southern teams are, I go with Arkansas. My grandparents had friends in Magnolia. We used to go up with them when we were kids. (Second choice is Memphis.)

Traci said...

There should be something modern without having to wear all black for a year. (I hate to say it but when I think of living in mourning, I imagine you/anyone in full skirts of black a la Scarlett O'Harra.) I'm sorry for your loss and I hope that just like the flowers blooming for your homecoming, the world will be a nicer place while you and Excy heal.

ReformingGeek said...

Those are beautiful flowers. It is really starting to look like spring here in Texas, too.

Grieving is such a personal process. We just found out my cousin's son was killed yesterday in an tree-trimming accident. Life is incredibly sad sometimes. He was only 31.

wendy said...

such lovely flowers......the colors are gorgeous.
I had to go back and do come catch up on your posts. So very sorry to hear about the loss of Be. I understand grieving and it is just so difficult to go through. Dang, we JUST MISS so terribly those people who now are gone.

Retired English Teacher said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The flowers that were sent were just beautiful.

I understand what you are saying. The world does not want to give us time to grieve and to mourn. Not only that, many have actually dared to say how long the process should take.

My heart goes out to you as you continue to grieve the loss of your loved one. God Bless.

marciamayo said...

yep Spring keeps coming round no matter how we are feeling and that's a good thing.

carma said...

awwww sorry to hear this - but yes, spring is a time of rebirth and your flowers are lovely :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so sorry to read this, Wye. I followed the link to your FIL's obituary, and he seemed like such a fine man. I know he will be sorely missed.

I agree with you about the armband. I was just thinking the other day that we all need to handle each other with care daily whether we're grieving (wearing an armband) or not. I often lament the lack of civility in today's culture and never more than when there is a death. I'm so sorry, and if it helps, you are in my throughts.

My most sincere condolences to you and your husband and his family...

XO,

Sheila