Saturday, June 09, 2007

Remembering...

Sometimes this blog is silent because I am busy or lazy or there just hasn't been anything going on. This week, it was silent for an entirely different reason. I spent a portion of the week traveling to Georgia for a funeral in honor of my aunt.

Here we are at my wedding. A happy time for me for obvious reasons, but also because my aunt and uncle were able to make the long trip to share it with us.

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My aunt's health has been fragile over the past years as she has fought a battle with a terrible disease. A battle that ended one week ago.

This week she was remembered for all she gave to those who knew her, and the incredible person she was. She was kind, generous, thoughtful, funny, and incredibly smart. While those who loved her struggle to make sense of the loss and figure out life without her, we also remember with delight all that she was: devoted wife, mother, and grandmother - daughter, sister, and aunt. Liz and I had much in common. We shared a name (Elizabeth Ann) and a love for knitting and crafting of all sorts among other things. I remember one Christmas when Liz knit my young cousin (a baby at the time) a fabulous cabled sweater (this was long before I knew how to knit). My family, impressed but skeptical, refused to believe she had made it and kept asking (eventually jokingly) where she had bought it. Liz loved a good joke and had a great sense of humor. She had a lot of class and an incredible sense of style. She was thoughtful - always marking birthdays and other occasions with the perfect gift.

I struggled with my decision to post this. She was a private person, and I'm not sure what she would think of her picture posted on the Internet. This we may have shared. As I post about my life on this blog, it is rarely personal and rarely do I post a picture of myself (at least where you can see my face). But I generally don't photograph well, and so it is kismet that one of the last pictures I have of her and I together is a good picture of us both. This is the only way I know to make a tribute. She is loved and she will be missed.

Trivial blogging to resume soon...

6 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Wool Winder said...

Libby,

This is a beautiful tribute to your aunt. In sharing her story and your love for her, you have honored her memory. So sorry for your loss.

In Sympathy,
Tracy

Twisted Knitter said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Libby.

I love this tribute you posted and the photo of the two of you together is priceless.

Kat said...

I am sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to an Aunt you obviously loved very much! My thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Libby. What you wrote was beautiful.
She loved you very much.
Abby

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Libby. What you wrote was beautiful. She loved you very much.
Abby

Webbies said...

I too am an Elizabeth Ann :) My thoughts are with you....may you find peace and comfort in your memories

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