Endings And Beginnings

My Nanny passed away Friday evening after a long and wonderful life.

Evelyn is my last surviving grandparent and I am blessed to have had all of them for as long as I did. Grandparents in my family were very “hands on” in helping to raise us and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Many of the things that I love, that are the core of me, come from them and from my Nanny Collins in particular, I’d like to say thank you for: purple, dainty feet, love of shoes, Wales, music and singing, faith, sewing, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, bravery, one signature fragrance, setting an elegant table, unconditional acceptance.

Evelyn May Collins née Thomas

Nanny, Bampy, Karin

Hello Nanny and Bampy, welcome to being Grandparents 🙂

Nanny, Karin, after my ballet recital

Gabbing after my last ballet performance. Nanny sewed my very first tutu when I was in primary RAD dance.


A Thousand Winds

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 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 Elizabeth Frye

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