August and September, while marking the end of summer, also herald new beginnings for me. I 'lost' two very special people during both who forever changed my life for the better. Each taught me about compassion and humor--two traits I cherish.
August marks the anniversary of the birth of my grandson who was placed for adoption. The last time I saw him he made me laugh and I will always remember his funny little antics, as well as the open and accepting ways of his heart. Children rock like that, don't they? May we all be inspired to be so innocently divine.
September marks the anniversary of the death of my only brother. Truly his own person, he walked through life with a mental handicap and still taught us who knew him volumes of character. He had a good heart, he was nice to people and animals (my gerbil comes to mind), he loved catalogs, Cheerios, car rides, and most of all; to laugh. Our photo albums are full of his smiles.
Although my relationship to both of these dear ones feels like it is ended, of course it isn't. Love knows no bounds, neither time nor space. There are new beginnings, lessons lived, memories undying, that keep us connected. Because of them I am reminded not to take any moment for granted... especially this one.
Leaving heartfelt thanks, hugs and kisses for you both ~ ॐ