Saturday, December 8, 2012

Anna in April

This photo of my dear departed mother was taken on April 8, 2012 [Easter Sunday]. Your comments have been a great comfort to me during my time of great sorrow. My mother was my biggest supporter and my best friend. We both always loved home and were never bored there. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I'll miss her every day I walk this earth but will carry her in my heart. God bless her and keep her.

40 comments:

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Rosemary,
Your memories will be precious to you. God bless...

westernreservebutlerspantry said...

Rosemary I'm sorry. I wish you peace while you go through the journey of healing. Your sadness will turn to sweet memories.

Kathy

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photograph - thinking of you, Rosemary.

Sue said...

We are both fortunate to have had wonderful mothers. I lost mine over 10 years ago--I always smile when I go through the old photos--such wonderful memories.
My sincerest condolences to you-I know it is very very tough right now, but I promise you-the hurt diminishes and each day gets a little easier. We never truly "get over" the loss, but it does become bearable.

Anonymous said...

She was a beautiful lady. Mothers are very special and those of us fortunate to have good ones are truly blessed. My Mom was my best friend and I miss her everyday.
Sky

jAne said...

such a lovely lady, inside and out, i'm sure. i'm so sorry for your loss...

Stacey Snacks said...

I love this portrait of Anna, this is how I remember her always. xo

The Queen Vee said...

I love this picture of your mum. I can add nothing to your eloquent and beautifully stated sentiments Rosemary except to say may God bless and keep you too and give you peace. I can only hope that my children will feel about and honor me as you have loved and honored your mother. You have both been an example and a blessing in my life.

Anonymous said...

You are a sweet soul and so is your Mother. My prayers go out to the both of you. She is for ever with you, your guardian Angel.

Marcy said...

Rosemary, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. How lucky you two were to spend so many years together. You gave her a great gift by caring for her in so many ways for so long. What a peaceful ending for such a beautiful woman with such a long life.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in these days ahead.

Anonymous said...

Dear Rosemary, like so many of your blog friends, I have had you and Anna on my mind more than ever this past day. I wonder, if I might be so bold to ask this of you. . . one day, when you are comfortable with it, might you be willing to share with all of us your mother's "story." Where is she from? What were her favorite loves and pastimes . . . If you choose not to do this, we all will understand. Anna has endeared herself to us just as you have and we needn't know a thing more.
Linda

Creative Friends said...

I lost my 93-yr-old mother in 2011. We were fortunate to have our mothers for as long as we did. My sincere condolences. It sounds like you will have some wonderful memories to keep with you just as I do. Blessings.

jean said...

Rosemary, my condolences. I know what it is to lose Mom. May you be comforted knowing you cared for your Mom with love.

Tara Dillard said...

A close friend said to me once, "When I want to be with my mother I go into the garden."

Of course her mom had been gone many years.

I'm in my garden for the same reason.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Juniper said...

my goodness, she was a Beautiful woman... just like you.
<3 The bond the two of you share carries on past this Earth to the other side, but that doesn't make it easier as you are separated and grieving here alone right now... My heart goes out to you and I am thinking of you every day... Please take time to lean on friends, take very good care of yourself, remember to eat, ok? Take some time to let yourself process this sorrow you are going through. You were the most wonderful daughter I have ever seen and I hope to be lead by your example when I care for my mother when she becomes older... You are a wonderful human being Rosemary and we are all the better for knowing you...

OhSoVintage said...

I don't know you but my heart goes out to you. When my mum died last year a blogger sent me a poem the last lines of which are
'....if you feel sorrow start to steal upon you,
Be still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe.
Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.'
When I'm not feeling so strong I recite these lines to myself.

tammy j said...

i have been taking a break from the internet due to my own health issues but couldn't stay away from your site just because of your mom.
i have been so concerned for you both. she was a lovely, lovely lady. as are you.
take care dear rosemary. webster will catch your tears and tabitha will warm your heart.
love always,
tammy j

Stella said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom lives on through you.
Peace,
Stella

penelopebianchi said...


Oh Rosemary,
When you said she was sleeping so much; I almost wrote to you that I suspected the end was near.

My mother died of Parkinson's after a dynamo life; and she was only 72. That is what happened with her. As much as I adored her; watching that hideous decline was dreadful. Her mind was unfortunately clear; but she needed 24 hour care.

We are both indeed lucky and blessed to have been so close to our mothers. I was an orphan at 33. (I'm 65!) My father died when I was 4; my mother was 40 when she had me.

It was such a huge privilege to have been her daughter.

At the risk of sounding a bit nutty; I talk to her every day, and I truly believe she is with me..

The day we took our house off the market; no one knew except my husband, me, and our realtor. A lady called to ask if she could come look at our limewashed walls; (she had been here at a booksigning), and as she came up the driveway she said; "Oh whew! I'm so happy you took this house off the market!" I said, "how did you know that" She said, "oops, I didn't mean to say that!"

I said, "but you did! So how did you know?" She said, "I'm an intuitive ; and the first thing I encountered getting out of my car was your mother. She said, 'Thank God they took this house off the market; I'm exhausted from scaring everyone away!'"

And she would have been! I know it!!

I love your blog, and your mother sounds wonderful!

I don't know if you read my blog; but I am sending you something you might like!

http://mccormickinteriors.com/2011/12/02/a-silent-movie-of-my-mommie-and-daddies-wedding-circa-1934/

This post tells the story! It takes 2 minutes about!

Thank you for sharing. And we all love you!

Penelope Bianchi

VintageDaisyDeb said...

My sincere condolences to you Rosemary. I hope the lovely memories you have will comfort you in the days to come.

Nancy said...

An angel in both worlds.

betsy said...

An elegant and thoughtful looking woman. My condolences-

Linda said...

Dear Rosemary...
I hadn't looked at your blog for a few days...So I am sorry that I am tardy in responding...
Stay strong, Rosemary...
All will be fine...

Regards
Linda :o)

Bonnie said...

Rosemary, I remember you posting lovely pictures of your Mother. There are no words that can ease your sorrow, but know you are being held in the hearts of so many. Give yourself time to grieve and healing will come. Our mother's never leave our hearts. Bonnie

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss...'Nobody loves you love like your mother'.

You have been a wonderful daughter...your mom was a lucky woman to have you in her life.

Susan said...

Rosemary,
So many of us have been reading your beautiful blog for such a long time that, I'm sure many will agree that we feel we have come to know you and your Mom, even though we've never met.
For this reason your loss is our loss and I will so miss seeing pictures and reading stories of your Mom.
I hope you will find peace in your memories of your beautiful Mother. Mothers are very special.
You were so lucky to have her with you for such a long time and it seemed like you had a wonderful close bond.
My thoughts will be with you.
Best, Susan

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I believe she was a lucky lady to have had such a loving daughter.

marlene said...

Dear Rosemary,
You were so blessed to have your dear mother with you these last few years. You were there for her and she felt your love. You have my deepest sympathy. Marlene

Lauren Scheuer said...

Rosemary,
I'm sending you a hug and a thank you for sharing those beautiful photos of your mother over the past months. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are fortunate to have so many wonderful memories. Give Webster a hug for me.

Kay G. said...

Dear Rosemary,
I am sorry for your loss. Your mother must have been a wonderful woman, I can tell from her daughter's writings and observations on life. Bless you.
Love,
KAY

Anonymous said...

You had a rare and wonderful relationship with your mother. You are in my thoughts as you cope with this loss.

bev

Rebecca said...

I send my sympathy and concern to you at this time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

Your Mother is an example to us all. I remember when you shared this photo at Easter, and I remember the one you shared taken of her sitting at the base of the huge tree. She is elegance personified. Grace. Poise. Confident and Serene. I ADORE her wardrobe. There is a poem written by W H Auden in which he eloquenty says goodbye to fellow poet W B Yeats, I am placing your Mother's name into Auden's rhyme becasue it's the poignant tribute she arouses in one who admires her from afar:

"Earth receive an honored guest, Anna Beck is laid to rest.."

-Flo

Deb Brown said...

You and your mom showed all of us how a mother and daughter could be. Thank you for showing strength in your grief. I treasure your stories and share them with my 83 year old mom, we are both sad today for you.

Content in a Cottage said...

Flo...

That is perfect for my mother. One small correction is needed:

"Earth receive an honored guest,
Anna Hicks is laid to rest.."

Her memory will be the fiber of my being until I join her one day.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you,d like to read the whole poem, Rosemary:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15544

Even though the following poem gets lots of criticism, it's still my personal favorite:

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/do-not-stand-at-my-grave-and-weep/

-Flo

Garden, Home and Party said...

Rosemary,
What a sweet picture, you captured your mom's beauty and warmth in this image. I wish you the best on this journey.
Karen

Kate I said...

Rosemary, your mother had a graciousness and elegance about her that comes through in the photographs... a "lady" in the truest sense of the word. Hugs, Kate

Anonymous said...

Rosemary:
I am so sorry for your loss, you were a wonderful daughter and I know your mother apprecaited everything you did for her and I am sure you loved her more than anything but she will always be with you. Noelle

helene said...

Your mother seems so classy and elegant. I am happy that she was able to be with you for so long, even as she suffered her own mother's loss so young. Your relationship was so sweet and strong. So many people go through life with a botched or non-existent mother-daughter relationship. Congratulations on achieving the opposite!