Friday, February 06, 2009

Celebrating Madeline

I found this last week in a box - I had not stitched it, as by the time I finally got it painted, we were expecting her little sister, Julia. Then I got busy and never got them done. Finding this piece opened a floodgate of tears that I had held back since the accident last May that took her away from us, but I think she would prefer that we celebrate her instead of being sad today.
A grandchild is the most wonderful thing in the world - the reason we have children, I think. Total unconditional love, it has been, and I am so very grateful for the 13 bright, beautiful and happy years I had as Madeline's Granny. It was truly a gift! She was a delightful girl - intelligent, funny, naughty, beautiful - and having her in my life was like living in a high Renaissance drama sometimes. She was absolutely my clone, and was an artist, a poet, a needleworker, my apprentice, and aspired to be an archaeologist one day, and go with Granny to Jackson Hole to dig for fossils.

I am grateful too that she had wonderful parents, a good life, and lots of people to love her. Her memory brings many smiles to my heart - and I am reminded of a Scripture quote from long ago when I lost a childhood friend at a young age - "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."

5 comments:

Mary said...

That's a sweet design. Thinking of you...

g said...

Judy my sweet...we are all thinking of Maddie today...she ,like her grandmother would have been a great lady...we send lots
of love today....and a special prayer for all the sweet souls in heaven....
xoxoxox
g

M&Co. said...

I wish you peace, Judy.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Your tears for Madeline were precious diamonds...but your smiles are the rainbows she would love more. Thanks for sharing your love for her with us...xoxoxo

Judy S. said...

Thinking of you and Madeline, Judy.