Roses in December

3 Aug

We had some sad news on Saturday. Rich’s nan passed away. She was a kind and gentle lady, 89 years young, who had not woken from her sleep.

Rich telephoned family, pacing up and down the garden because he could go nowhere else. We couldn’t pop over to make his mum a cup of tea, or take care of his granddad’s supper. Suddenly we were incredibly far away from home.

So we did some gardening. We pruned and watered; we moved pots around to face the sunlight; we replanted to fill gaps in blank soil. We worked quietly until everything was neat and ordered again.

We’d planned our first trip home to be at Christmas – a trip full of festivities, family visits, Season’s Greetings to strangers, and cosy celebrations. But of course we cannot always tidy and order our lives in the way we do our gardens. Instead our first visit home will be to say goodbye to a special lady. There will be sadness, but also gratitude – we were lucky to have her in our lives for so long. She celebrated our engagement with us, attended our wedding, and we spent many happy moments in her company. As J M Barrie wrote: “God gave us memory that we might have roses in December”. I know we’ll all nurture and cherish those beautiful roses.


One Response to “Roses in December”

  1. Chris Cumbers 3 August, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    We certainly will thanks Su xxx

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