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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tossing Daisies in the Surf

I am not a fan of funerals.
I find that's just not the last memory I want to have
of someone who was a part of my life.
When my sister passed away, I knew how I wanted to honor her memory.
 We invited friends and family to join us on the beach
where Jen and I hung out as kids.
The universe was cooperating that day with a perfect, sparkling morning.
 There's no way to be depressed with your toes in the sand.
 The idea of this ceremony is to take turns sharing happy
memories and toss a flower into the ocean.
I bought three bouquets of white daisies.
There was a good bit of laughter as we recalled hijinx 
and shenanigans from back in the 80's, 
and pleasant recent adventures and Facebook postings.
As blossoms washed back up, I saw a little boy of 4 or 5 gather
some of the stems and present his mother with them.
Further down the beach, someone was sticking them in the shore line like a garden.
You know I was smiling.
I don't generally indulge anymore, but I felt I'd be forgiven.

And I did go have a beer.

5 comments:

Michael Reilly said...

Perfect closure, Sunny... good for you. Hugs :-)

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you, Michael. It was the right way for us.

Kay dancingbrushpainting.blogspot.com said...

Sunny,
Thank you for posting this lovely tribute to your sister. It's a great way to remember her happily and fondly.

My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Kay

Heather Rodman said...

That's perfect and beautiful. :')

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Good for you! It's ok, once in awhile. You certainly deserved it. I love this idea of daisies on the beach!