image credit: natural learning
today our kinders
learned a beautiful lesson
about a lovely tradition
honoring those who we have loved and lost
and now continue to remember
on this very special holiday each year
“the core belief of the Day of the Dead is so poetic and simple: as long as we remember those who have passed away, as long as we tell their stories, sing their songs, tell their jokes, cook their favorite meals, then they are with us, around us, and in our hearts.
-jorge r. guiterrez
The Art of the Book of Life, Introduction
(Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead)
this post is dedicated to little hazen
who left us on this day
lost much too soon
and always remembered.
what a lovely coincidence
that on this day
as i continue on my city parks journey
and drive through a neighborhood
i am lost
i come to the intersection of
pamela and patricia
the names of
my two sisters
one still with us
one gone forever
and today –
i look ahead to find
they’ve led me
to the beautiful park right in front of me.
“don’t forget to leave your handprints on the ones you love
and your footprints around the neighborhood.”
― lisa c. miller
i love her final gesture
and it made me give pause –
if i were to go today
i would leave behind the following things for others to enjoy:
$7.oo, a sock monkey, photographs, glitter, collage projects, letters and books.
i hope there is no fighting over the monkey.
“laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”
credits: getty images, mental floss
my brother, scott
who never stops raising money for research and awareness
in honor of my nephew, hazen, gone way too soon
so that others may stay.
thank you to his mackinac island dock porter brothers from so many years ago.
“say not in grief: “he is no more”, but live in thankfulness that he was.”
scottish children gave their goldfish a viking funeral
most people could only be so lucky as to receive the kind of funeral that two goldfish in the scottish isle of orkney were given by some children who were learning about vikings.
the pair of classroom mascots, bubbles and freddy, belonged to the 3rd and 4th grade classes of the papdale school in the town of kirkwall, according to the BBC. the fish had been with the students for a few months, but died about a week before the kids were due to learn about the vikings, so it was decided that they would send the pets to valhalla with a viking funeral.
the students created a small fleet of miniature coffin boats to send off the deceased, fashioned out of cereal boxes and egg crates. they also wrote and recited their favorite memories about bubbles and freddy. finally, they led a funeral procession to a nearby stream where the boats were put in the water, and the lead vessel was set on fire.
may bubbles and freddy forever swim in the halls of their warrior heaven, valhalla.
“to live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.”
― carl sagan
credits: bbc scotland news, e. grundhauser