Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I'll light the fire...

February 11, 2014 * snow falling all morning creating a beautiful winter wonderland outside... brainstorm inside...

* My Mom's Birthday * would be her 66th... woke up with the song "Dance in the Graveyards" playing in my head: "I don't wanna rest in peace - I wanna dance in joy - I wanna dance in the graveyards!"  A song my mom never heard, but that reminds me of her last wishes.  She didn't want a traditional funeral - she wanted a celebration!!  A celebration of her life, love, joy, blessings - the good stuff - which is what she put priority on in her life.  She requested the song "Our House" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash to be played at the celebration: "I'll light the fire.  You place the flowers in the vase.... our house is a very, very, very fine house." 

She lived her life with grace and was a lovely example of living out the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you'd have done unto you," which she taught my children.  While she would have loved to be here to watch her grandchildren grow (3 of them when she died, ages 4 and 5 1/2, and 5 of them now, ages 9, 7 1/2, and 1 with 2 sets of twins), she faced death as she lived life, full of grace, courage, and love.

Now, she is an angel in our lives - regardless of beliefs/realities of angels - because her love echoes in our hearts and souls, her guidance lives on in our memories, her fire still burns in our lives, part of her may have sailed off into the mystic of death, but she still lives with us in the heaven of our hearts.

Recently, my boys asked me to play the game "Life" with them, and I heard my mom's memory telling me to say, "YES!"  She would've loved to be here to play the game with them.  So, of course, I said yes and I told them it was because I heard Grammie tell me to - which got quite a reaction at first as kids think literally!  I explained that while I didn't see or hear a ghost, that I did hear her memory inside me, guiding me, and I told her, "okay," and that I also heard her saying we should have something sweet baking in the oven while we played the game. :-)  So, we made brownies and played a great game of Life together and shared the fun, loving embrace of Mom/Grammie surrounding us. <3 

And today, we'll bake a cake and celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest blessings of our lives!  Remembering my Mom's love for others and for nature and for life itself and hoping to PAS it on.  Thank you, Mom, for lighting the fire and playing your love song!  I'll keep the fire burning in our house and keep saying, "YES!" to life.

P.S. -

For my Dad - Thank you, Dad, for carrying out her request of you, "to love the kids and grandkids for her, too!"  We are grateful to have you in our lives!

For my brother - While our mom was not a very religious person, she was a very LOVING person!  I know my brother has wondered about her soul's current residence.  These thoughts are for him, along with the above picture that I made for his family:

"God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them." 1 John 4:16

Author Christina Baldwin addresses religious dialogue in her book, Storycatcher: "Everybody is on a learning curve in this conversation.  God is mystery.  We may stake our lives on one definition or another, but that doesn't resolve the mystery."

A friend's recent post on facebook also addresses this concern:
"Buddha was not a Buddhist.  Jesus was not a Christian.  Muhammad was not a Muslim.  They were teachers who taught Love.  Love was their religion."

* She resides in LOVE. *

"Play your love songs..... la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la......."

1 comment:

  1. You have created a beautiful tribute to your mom Jules. Thank you.
    Paulette was always kind, generous and loving towards me and I felt comfortable and loved whenever I was in her presence. She was 'mothering' to all of your friends and seemed to want the best for us all. Paulette was a treasure to many and we are blessed to have shared part of her life here with us on Earth. I loved Paulette and I love all of the family she helped to create. Blessings and Peace, Jenn