Friday, July 27, 2012

A Sad Week

It has been a very sad week. My Papaw Clay passed away last week at the age of 80. Our hearts are broken here on Earth but what puts me at peace is to know that he is in Heaven with my Mamaw. He missed her so much and was so sad after she passed away. It has only been 7 months since she passed away and honestly it feels like it has been only 7 days.

It has been absolutely amazing to hear all of the stories from people at the funeral home. My papaw touched so many lives because of all of his involvement in the community as a civic leader and also because he was just a good person. There were two articles in the paper that made me realize how fortunate I was just to be his granddaughter.

My Aunt read this poem at my Mamaw's funeral and was also read at my Papaw's funeral.

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 sun 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 circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As I reflect on the past year of my life, I am not really sure how I have made it through as a sane person. I have lost three very important people in my life. It is hard enough to deal with one death, but three within 11 months has been very emotional. It really makes me want to stop time and cherish every single second I have with my family and friends, especially Blake and Kylie.

So to end this post, I will ask you to go and give your kids, family or anyone special to you a hug and a kiss and tell them how much you love them. You never know when that privilege will be taken away.