Friday, June 06, 2008


The People We Love Most
by Shelby Lewis Jones

Some people touch our lives and become a part of us forever.
Even when they are no longer with us, we still think of them as being close.
We feel their warmth, and remember special things they said and did, and times we shared.

Ten years ago today my DH died. He was 60 years old and had been in excellent health until six months before he died from pancreatic cancer. He was cremated and his ashes scattered. He did not want to be buried in a place but to be part of the earth. We used a quotation by Louis Pasteur at his memorial funeral. It said, The more I study nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. DH ask that when we remembered him, we go into nature wherever we were. Today I did.

I also looked through pictures. There are very few pictures of him as a child but here is one. I don't know how old he was but his siblings always told that his mother wouldn't let anyone cut his curly hair and everyone thought he was a girl. When he was about five years old, his older brothers cut his hair.

After he died, we made a book of pictures representing times during his life. Today I looked at it again. There are pages with his siblings, with me and when he was hunting and fishing. I think ecologist and naturalist are good words to describe him. He also loved and really enjoyed his grandchildren. The page I'm posting is from this book. It is pictures of him with his grandchildren when they were small. There were four grandchildren when he died and now he has two more. Two of them have graduated from collage and one is a sophomore in college. The little one just turned 11 years old.

I put the bottom picture at the end of the book we made. We were walking on a path at a local park. I let DH get ahead of me and snapped it. I think today he's still walking, just ahead of me.
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Libby said...

What a loving tribute, Katie. I hope the photos and memories put a smile in your heart today. The little one in the upper left corner has the same curly hair *s*

Lindah said...

What beautiful memories, Katie. I like the way you arranged the collage, and the end photo with your DH walking ahead of you. Thank you for sharing.
God bless you and give you His peace. --Linda

dot said...

What a wonderful tribute to your husband. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. I like the last picture. He looks like he is preparing the way for you. It is hard to loose your best friends and makes me realize how important each moment is with a loved one.

LindaSueBuhl said...

I also have a very specific image of my late husband in mind - he died in 1996 - very young and living life right up to the end. Lovely tribute. Thank you for stopping by my blog - the goats thank you also - (they like to believe it is THEIR blog and I don't tell them otherwise).

Granny Lyn said...

Oh, how touching, and what a wonderful man!

I am so happy for you to have all the loving memories, tucked in your heart for safe keeping.

The last picture is so poignant.

Norma said...

I have you in my thoughts and in my heart, Katie.

Thank you for sharing your memories with us and those terrific pictures of what life is really all about.