Friday, December 2, 2016

Legacy #haikuforhealing

I am joining Mary Lee Hahn's December haiku-a-day challenge.  I am also linking to Poetry Friday with Bridget at wee words for wee ones (for the very first time).



Today we said our final good-byes to my mother-in-law.  Family and friends gathered at the Ashtabula United Methodist Church for her memorial service.  It was a beautiful service, the highlight being the time that people from the congregation stood and shared stories.  While I didn't stand up and share a story, my heart was filled with gratitude for the beauty of her life and the legacy she left behind.  I couldn't help but smile when we went down to lunch prepared by the ladies of the church and saw "Shirley's Cake." Shirley always volunteered to help prepare food and serve for funeral lunches.  She always made the same thing and it lovingly became known as "Shirley's Cake." One of the ladies had gotten my mother-in-law's recipe.  It only felt right that I should take a piece today.


Legacy

You touched so many
Loving, Graceful, Compassionate
Your legacy lives on

13 comments:

  1. Welcome, Julie! I am sorry for your loss. Your haiku is the "icing on the cake", so to speak, for your mother-in-law. Beautiful. *Hugs*

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  2. Thanks for joining #haikuforhealing AND for joining Poetry Friday. You didn't speak at the service, but your haiku is a beautiful tribute to your MIL, may she rest in peace.

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  3. Sending hugs for your loss and cheers for your first time posting.

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  4. A life well lived and appreciated is a solace. Peace be with you.

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  5. Hi Julie,I'm sorry for your loss. It is never a good time to say goodbye. Your mother-in-law sounds like a special person in many lives, including her family. The haiku is certainly special.

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  6. A lovely tribute to a dear mother-in-law. So sorry for your loss, Julie.

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  7. There is something about food that is synonymous with the heart of a loved one. With my Grandma, it was pikelets, with my Great Aunt it was sponge cake. Your words are a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law.

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  8. What a special tribute to your mother-in-law. It sounds like she loved people well! Welcome to Poetry Friday!

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  9. Julie, I am deeply sorry for your loss. This is a remarkable tribute to your loved one's legacy. I am so glad you decided to share this with community. This is a safe place to share your words among friends.

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  10. I'm so sorry for your loss, Julie. One of the few things I remember about my grandmother's memorial service many many years ago was the peanut butter pie. I'm also writing a haiku each day and linking to others here: https://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-diary-haikuforhealing.html I'll add you to the list.

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  11. What a wonderful response to a loss....joining Poetry Friday with a tribute. Welcome. I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye. I pray that every memory is a blessing. And, Shirley's cake....sweet, funny and reminds me of "Grandma's Potato Salad" in my family. :) Have a good week.

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  12. Loss is hard so I lift your family up today. Your mother-in-law's legacy lives on.

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  13. Truly sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this tribute.

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