Monday, February 07, 2011

Remembering Madeline

She would have been 16 today, and oh what plans we had for when she could drive a car! I won't dwell on what would have been or might have been - like digging for fossils at Jackson Hole, and taking our needlwork with us - but will continue to be grateful for the 13 years of bright and beautiful memories she gave me to carry in my heart.
The little rocking chair is the first thing I painted for her so long ago - she wasn't even walking yet. Her daddy bought the unpainted chair, and Granny decorated it. I took this picture with her Pooh, as she wouldn't stay still enough for me to get a shot with her sitting in it. Lots of smiles back then.
At this point, I am thinking about and grateful for the wonderful kind of life she had. The colors and gaiety of the rocking chair have the feeling! Madeline had the important things, and for that we are all eternally grateful. Along with beauty and intelligence, she had parents who loved her dearly, and loved and liked each other - and a little sister whom she alternately adored and detested.
She had kind of kooky (me) but very highly productive grandparents with whom I spent a lot of wonderful time - an added bonus. The other grandmother was a curator at the Kimball Museum in Ft. Worth, and the grandfather taught Russian history and civilization (and language) at TCU.
There were lots of aunts and uncles, too, who thought she was wonderful, and who added to her life significantly - things like kayaking, growing fields of lavendar and making soap, and enjoying fine science fiction.
She was blessed with material things also, and parents who were wise enough not to let her be spoiled and obnoxious.

7 comments:

NCPat said...

You miss her dearly but have great memories which you will laugh over when you meet again.

coral-seas said...

What a lucky girl Madeline was. Ahnd how lucky you were to have her in your life. I hope those sweet help you through this difficult day.

Rachel said...

A moving tribute to a girl who clearly brought sunshine into many lives.

Mary said...

Rejoice in the wonderful memories you have!

Thinking of you during this time...

Front Range Stitcher said...

Judy thank you for sharing with us a glimpse into your time with Madeline. You're always an inspiration to us but even more so today as you teach us to feature the positive aspects of all our life's experiences.

Allison Ann Aller said...

God bless her and her Granny too!
You two WILL meet again....
Love you....

Susan said...

I'm sorry I missed your tribute on Monday, but what a wonderful tribute it is! I remember sharing our tragedies when I first found your wonderful website. I know what a wonderful "Granny" she had in you! Rest assured, you will see her again, and this separation is temporary! Thinking of you.