June 9, 2009
I had a death in my family this week.
I have experienced the death of my soul mate ~ my grandmother ~ many years ago (at least 17) but this was a whole new experience.
My dearest uncle, my father's brother, went over to the other side, and left us with his wife of 56 years. She has "the Alzheimers".
It has been the deepest most life-changing event of mine to date.
The "passing", as my culture refers, occurred over one week ago; May 30th to be exact.
He was a strong man. A cultured man. A revered man. A man's man.
His wife was his "Princess". Feminine. A lady's lady. My aunt, who was one of my best friends, has been the complete victim of "The Alzheimers". It has completely taken her over yet she remembers the essence of our relationship. She remembers my name and essentially, who I am.
The LOVE remains. I am sharing all of this with you for that reason alone.
The LOVE remains.
Even in the darkest hour, love can transcend time and consciousness and bring you to the importance of life, which is love.
This is not always the case of course. BUT, since I witnessed it, I had to share.
When all else fails, but the love remains, it should be incentive to pause...embrace the very core of your existence.
My Alzheimer afflicted aunt, remembers the "cooing" talk we spoke with one another, though she may not have the words. She recalls the tenderness we shared and the very feeling between us too.
My uncle was larger than life and will be sorely missed, but it is almost as if we had to uber-mourn him and then quickly move on to care for the love of his life.
They were such a centerpiece in my existence.
Many of my family have ignored this great occurrence, but I feel sorry that they have chosen to miss out.
When a strong presence has departed this world, it should cause you to pause.
Embrace the void and cherish the breath, the tree branches swinging in the breeze and the fragrance of death ~ it should be sweet.
Embrace the cornerstone. Have mercy on your own soul so that you may appreciate the cross-over.
The journey is intense. The journey is mean, but it is the path we must all take at some point. Face it head on. Tell it your secrets and let death be your friend.
Silent. Strong and Hades shining in midnight ~ a show stopping firestorm of spirit, life lines and the beautiful sun set.