The trees are so tall that it can be very dark and kind of mystical feeling with lush green moss hanging from tree limbs and along the rough but level pathway. My mother loved moss. I remember watching her water the bricks on our back patio when we lived in my childhood home here in California, trying to produce moss. There are mossy forests in the sunshine state but not in our suburban backyard!
The visit was in honor of a nephew's wedding. The wedding was beautiful and full of whimsey and fun. This visit was also my first time back to my parent's home since my mother passed away 2 years ago. I was dreading the void of her presence among her collectables and her garden, but it was actually kind of comforting and bittersweet, because her presence is still very much there among the oil paintings she did and ceramics she created.
The sadness of a missing person was overwhelmed by the joy of introducing a new person into the family. Our adorable daughter-in-law whom I call Sassy Bride on here, and the name still fits! :) She had never been to the house or met some of the family, so it was great fun to walk her through the property and hear my son's memories of childhood visits to Grandma and Grandpa's place. And Grandpa had a new person to tell his corny jokes to. He even had some new ones this time!
I am once again thankful for the family that surrounds my life. My brother and sister are two of my favorite people in the world. And their families are delightful and happy people. My sons were together on this trip for the first time in a long time. Listening to them talk, laugh and fill each other in on their lives was fascinating. I could eavesdrop on them for hours but made myself give them some alone time every once in a while.
Families go through changes and must recalibrate to continue on in a new way. Learning to embrace every season without regret for the past and looking with hope into the future is an interesting process for a family.
But it is worth the effort. I watched the marriage of my nephew and remembered his funny video skits he used to do with my sons when they were just goofy little guys. Now they are all big goofy guys and the world is better because of them. (It's definitely funnier!) Your family are the people who have known you from the beginning and will be there even beyond your lifetime. They are the legacy you leave the world.
PS - I began this post days ago but felt I need to be giving first priority to my paid jobs. Even now I have a Pet Blog due before the end of the day, but wanted to get this out there to you. Pamela, I know you wanted a good idea of the layout of the garden, so here it is. Actually an overhead shot from the house would have been the best but I didn't think of it at the time. This way you can walk through it with me! Blessings! SusiePin It Like this? Don't forget to SHARE...