Saturday, October 1, 2011

light is a feather...

I wasn't planning on posting today
but this happened
 so I thought I would share with you
a surprise in the mail
a kindness
a thought
a treasure

once again I'm blown away by how lucky I am to have
bumped into the people I have
 from having a blog and from
spending time on Flickr

there are still people out there who don't believe
 that the Internet is a place to meet real people
that the "friendships" aren't real
well I'm here to tell them they are soooo wrong

in the heartbreak of this past week
I have received e-mails from some who have been so kind and understanding
we have all gone through it and it's nice to share that pain with someone
as odd as that sounds
pets are such odd things that we do to ourselves
we love them as much as we love a human
we have them as long as some humans
and then that day comes when we have to make that decision...
and all that love and friendship comes to an abrupt halt
and we just have to adjust and go on
it's real pain and real loss
and some understand

Kim sent me something that is a treasure
for more than one reason
first she sent it
she took the time to share something with me that she knew would mean the world
to me

this is
Mama Swan
she lives on the lake near Kim
and she lost all her babies this year
all of them
and Kim was there
and she witnessed it
and lived it
and lost it
and we cried and shared the pain
on Flickr
not just me and Kim
but a lot of other people from all over the world
who watched and shared the joy of the babies
and then the pain and horror as each one was lost
and Kim's words
 and photos
her beautiful beautiful photos
of the swans
and all the others
and she never gave in to the grief
she always said that her heart would always be open for joy to find its way back in
and the babies kept finding her and she kept her heart open for them and now we have new faces to smile at
and watch get bigger as the photos come in

and the grief of the
Mama Swan
she comes to Kim when she goes down to the lake to feed the birds
they spend time together and we get to see this fantastic creature up close
it is just amazing and fabulous 

 now I have one of the
and a photo of the
Mama Swan
that Kim took and printed and sent
so much better than looking at in on the monitor

it made me cry
but from
the kindness
and the caring
and the simple act of
sharing a moment
no matter how sad
and in the sadness comes the light that shines from friendship
when the pain subsides enough to see again

one of you told me it would take two weeks
and it has

thank you Kim
I will frame the photo
and will do it justice
right now I can't see too much
I will treasure all of this



Lisa at lil fish studios said...

and now you have me in tears. What a wonderful gift. And I can say without hesitation that some of my best friends on this earth, I have never had the pleasure of meeting in person.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Marilyn, the photo and feather are such a beautiful gift indeed. I was just trying to catch up on your blog and then this post came along. Thanks for the mention yesterday. I am still trying to find some sort of balance in my days with work and school and the daily grind. Sending hugs and blessings to you, Tammy

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

What a precious friend!

mary tempesta said...

I think ... no, I know I have missed something else that's happened to you Marilyn.
One of my fears is having to face the day ... that will come when I'll have to say goodbye
to my furry friends. We understand each other and I know it will be a sad day ... two sad days
because I have to furry friends .. my boy Lucky and my princess, Daisy.
HYope you're feeling better soon Marilyn.

Baban Cat said...

It reminds me of the time when I worked in a wilderness wetlands. Daddy swan was seduced with promises of bread and cake from a cafe and picnic area. Mummy swan had 5 babies that were taken one at a time by a fox. She was so exhausted that the fox killed her too. She had fought for every one of them.
I hope he enjoyed his lemon drizzle cake and ham sandwiches!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how lovely! Mia S

Daisy Cottage said...


thank you so very much for such a loving and generous posting and for understanding my heart but this is not about me.

this is about beautiful YOU.

your heart is tender.
just like your soul.

YOU are the treasure.

to know you is to love you.

may your heart love again and again and again.


Anonymous said...

Brought tears to my eyes. I have met some of the nicest people from Flickr and a very special friend from Ravelry. True like you said most of the fine people we will never meet, but a special place in our heart. Such a thoughtful note from Kim. She is a special friend to treasure!

Allyson said...

What a beautiful gift

mary tempesta said...

Might be a good time to listen to this ...!

MrS. :d (eLLeN) said...

Love the song! Friends are someone you can't live without....

madhu said...

Precious friendship! We know, don't we, we just know genuine people even from a distance. xx