Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
~Robert Frost 

I am happy to return to this space, this place of peace and solitude and support.  The past few weeks have been sad and difficult and challenging, but it is true that the tough times we experience in life often make us stronger.  Thank you to all our friends and family who provided much needed love and support.

This post is dedicated to my mother-in-law, Agnes Correia, who was always the life of the party.  Despite various family challenges most would call insurmountable, Agnes refused to give in to the temptation of resignation or surrender; she persevered and always did so with a smile. Her Irish persona and fiery determination contributed to her ongoing fight to to the end.  I didn't always agree with Agnes; I don't know of many daughter-in-laws who are utterly in agreement with their mother-in-laws, but I did love her and I do miss her smiling Irish eyes, her colorful and funny stories and her capacity to always live "in the moment".  Agnes, you were worth your weight in gold...we will miss you.  Love, always...


TesoriTrovati said...

That is one of my very favorite poems. Thank you for showing us Agnes (which happened to be my grandmother's name) through your eyes.

Enjoy the day.

La Doña Jenny said...

Hello Shiela,
Good to have you back. I am truly sorry for your loss. Lossing someone that is so near and dear is difficult. God's blessing to you and your family.


Heather said...

So glad you are back and sorry to hear you lost your mother-in-law. I have to travel this month due to my dad's illness. I sympathize and loved your heart felt and honest tribute to her. Death is a part of life and hard to face but we learn so much from it. Sending warm loving thoughts your way!

My Grama's Soul said...

Beautiful photo....beautiful poem....Wish I could have know Agnes....she truly sounded like one of a kind.


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I send you peace and blessings friend and my eyes filled at the thought of my serene painting giving you respite. That is its purpose and through the cold times warmth will prevail and come again. Blessings and love to your family and husband.

Lisa West said...

I can't wait to see the finished "Capturing Fairies". Blessings to you and yours in this difficult chapter. Lisa

Kiki said...

Hi Sheila...Beautiful, lovely post and tribute..your words are touching! I didnt realize I missed this post..glad to catch up! Much love and hugs to you and your family!