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.
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