Saturday, April 30, 2011

Remembering April Born Loved Ones

On this the last day of April, I am remembering my dearly loved departed ones who were born in April.

Song Of A Second April

April this year, not otherwise 
Than April of a year ago, 
Is full of whispers, full of sighs, 
Of dazzling mud and dingy snow; 
Hepaticas that pleased you so 
Are here again, and butterflies. 

There rings a hammering all day, 
And shingles lie about the doors; 
In orchards near and far away 
The grey wood-pecker taps and bores; 
The men are merry at their chores, 
And children earnest at their play. 

The larger streams run still and deep, 
Noisy and swift the small brooks run 
Among the mullein stalks the sheep 
Go up the hillside in the sun, 
Pensively,—only you are gone, 
You that alone I cared to keep.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

My Father:  William French
11 April 1916
25 March 2002
My parents
My brother and I

My dear Aunt Phyllis
15 April 1927
30 April 1988
Aunt Phyllis and Sally

My daughter, Julie Ann Christiansen
8 April 1976
29 May 2010



becca said...

love the old pictures and beautiful poem

Olga said...

Bittersweet. I hope that the good memories sustain you even though sorrow pierces its way through.

Joanne said...

What a beautiful poem and tribute to those that you miss so much. AS part of your heart went with them their love stayed to fill the empty space. God bless you and your family. Blessings, Joanne

DJan said...

My heart goes out to you for all the loss, Sally. You are in my thoughts during this time.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

It's good to memorialize our lost loved ones on their birthdays. I see that the anniversary of your daughter's death is approaching, and I wish you strength and comfort.

Arkansas Patti said...

April certainly has taken its toll on you and yours. Like Olga said, we must remember the good times along with the pain of loss in search of balance.

Jeanie said...

Oh, Sally, what a perfect poem. Poignant, sad, but so very lovely and so very true.

Thank you for sharing so openly your love for these people and your care and memory of them by honoring them in this way. I am glad April is over. It can be a cold, hard month. Sending wishes of love and healing.

Jeanie said...

I have only recently learned about your daughter's death and I am so sorry for that loss for you. I can only wish you the most comfort and strength possible as you face and feel these anniversaries.

#1Nana said...

I didn't expect to see a picture of Julie as a little girl...that was heart breaker. I'm thinking of you and wishing you well.

Deb Shucka said...

Such a bittersweet remembrance. Julie's little girl picture breaks my heart.

Kay said...

I'm so sorry, Sally. I'm sorry that this beautiful time of year must be saddened by this loss. Still, I hope the cherished memories of Julie can someday make you smile each spring instead.

KathyA said...

Lovely, lovely post.

MyMaracas said...

I am so sorry. Losing a child has to be the cruelest of sorrows.

Both of my parents' birthdays were in April, so it's a bittersweet month for me, as well. The poem you chose perfectly expresses the sadness.