Sunday, December 6, 2009

Life, death and family

A long car trip to the country yesterday to farewell my much-loved aunt has left me contemplating the big stuff. Thinking a lot about family, childhood, life and love. My heart goes out to the cousins (who were more like brothers and sisters when we were kids) who have lost their Mum.

The world will miss this super-crafty lady who loved life and family so much. It's a better place because she was here
.

She was a great inspiration and support to me when I was a craft-obsessed kid... and even came - frail with age and illness - to my last launch and visited me at the Stitches and Craft show this year.
Always interested. Always engaged. Always supportive.


This photo is one of my favourites of my parents (facing at centre) and Dad's sisters
- when they were all young and beautiful and life was not cruel. Today it's a reminder for me to seize the day....

21 comments:

Marty said...

So sorry for your loss. Time heals the wounds but she will always hold a place in your heart.

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Nikki, so sorry to hear you've lost a very special person in your life. That's a fabulous photo... love how glamorous they all look!
Take care now and give your little family extra big special hugs. They'll give you all the support you need right now.
Gillian.xxxx

rachelmp said...

Thinking of you and your family. What a beautiful photo and family keepsake xx

One Flew Over said...

So sorry to hear of your Aunt's passing Nikki. Thinking of you and sening lots of love x

Anonymous said...

So sorry Nikki, thinking of you. I love this photo, how good looking is everyone. This would look fabulous framed. ZanetaXX

Anonymous said...

So very sorry for the loss in your family. But you were all so lucky to have had her!! Remember all those blessings and good memories. She will live on in your hearts forever.
Jackie in San Antonio

Candied Fabrics said...

I too am sorry for your loss, and thank you for the reminder!

m.e (Cathie) said...

sorry to hear Nikki.
it definitely makes you re evaluate life when something like this happens & I certainly have done that & I know the pain that you & especialy your cousins are going through.
hugs ♥

Liam's Mummy said...

That's a beautiful picture. So sorry about your Aunt. Life is too short.

Handmade said...

Very poignant indeed. Sorry for your loss.

CurlyPops said...

That's such sad news, especially when she was supportive of all of your crafty endeavours in life. It certainly does remind us all to sieze the day.

willywagtail said...

Sorry to hear of your loss but yes you were lucky to have extended family who love you and what you do. She would have been very special. Cherrie

méri said...

I'm so sorry hearing of your loss, Nikki! You'll be in my thoughts!
xx

Nikki Cardigan said...

I bet your super-crafty aunt was proud of you.

Michelle said...

Nikki...
Such a gorgeous photo...
and I am sure you have gorgeous memories to look back on...
So sorry for you and your family...
Crafty ladies who encourage us along are just treasures...and it sounds very much like she was very proud of you...

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

I was very touched by your post. Thank you for sharing.
I have just done a post on my blog which runs along a similar thread to yours...it's about an advent miracle.
Luisa
x

laura said...

It sounds like she was a sweetie! It's scary though how time runs by so quickly. I have to say though that I see a strong resemblance between you and your mother!

Karen said...

So sorry to hear about your aunt Nikki - it's lovely though that she inspired you and is so well remembered.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nikki,
She is not lost to you if she is in your heart. Just think of her watching over you.
Condolences to all your family.
Sue F-S

Fiona said...

Sad news Nikki. The lady second from the right I thought might have been you except for the fact that it was another era.

thornberry said...

Nikki - I somehow missed this post. My condolences to you on the loss of your aunt. You've written a beautiful tribute to her. Take care.