I was challenged by my friend Audrey Zemke to post 10 pictures on Facebook that bring me joy. Today, I posted a photo of my family in a restaurant. It was one of the last times we were all together with Steve’s sister Anne. It brings me joy to be reminded of that meal. A lovely moment in time recorded in a photograph. A droplet in the ocean of our lives. It is also touching because Anne’s hair is just growing back after chemo and is about the same length as my daughter Keili’s is today. Kei isn’t too fond of her hair at the moment but will soon have a really cute pixie. She has always kept her hair long (nearly to her waist) so it has been an adjustment being bald and now fuzzy. BTW, I am relieved and beyond ecstatic that my daughter is doing well. Keili starts the maintenance phase of her treatment on Friday. Praying she breezes right through the next 18 months and that this episode of her life will be a footnote (a droplet of water) for her many decades from now.
While I was browsing the net I saw a page with grief quote posters. There are even books about healing quotes. I know that words of encouragement help grievers. Does reading quotes help? What do you all think? Maybe it is like the power of positive thinking where you are tasked with writing words or phrases on post-it notes and plastering them all over your mirror or refrigerator. I guess it is worth a try. Let me know what helps you and I will share it in a future blog post.
Miss you Annie! You are always in our hearts.