Dear Nan



Dear Nan,
Years ago I visited an Aunt. A daughter of yours. I admired a succulent in a pot by her back tap and she said it was a cutting she took from you growing like wildfire. She gave me a piece of it. You were still Alive at the time.
Mine never grew much and nor did it die I dragged it with me from place to place as the gypsy in me failed to find a settling place.
Once I did and it started to grow, to flourish I shared it with another daughter of yours, my Mum; and some of my siblings. Last year my own daughter plucked apart a good portion of my plant to make a birds nest, I was mad at first ... upset. I calmed down and looked at it differently. I explained to her that this plant was a connection with my dear Nan who she never would meet, and thats why I was upset at its destruction.
We watered her nest and it grew. Its her special nest plant.
I know that I am probably breaking some cemetery by law by bring some of this to you but I see this plant as a link that binds us all together through generations, through life and death. I want to share back with you some of what my daughter grew, what I grew, what my siblings and your daughters grew and all of it came from and was created by You.
Tomorrow the sad little plant in the yoghurt pot I left for you yesterday will probably be eclipsed by beautiful flowers and daughters visiting you and Grand pop on the anniversary of your passing, its been 10 long years.

I wish you had been around to meet my kids and see the woman I have grown into and the mother I am.
I think you'd be proud. I hope you like these simple 'babies toes' in their recycled pot.
I miss you Nan.

xx


12 comments:

  1. Tears are welling in my eyes.
    Just lovely.

    What a wonderful way to remember her and to feel connected to her.
    Just lovely.

    Tears are rolling down my cheeks.
    Just lovely.

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  2. What an amazing piece of living history to pass on through the generations. Thanks for sharing. xo m.

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  3. Hey Big Sis,

    What a beautiful blog! I can't believe its been 10 years since nan left us :( SOOOO SAD!!! I miss her like crazy and wish she could have met my children too.
    What you have done is absolutely beautiful and i am sure if nan were here she would be proud of you and of your gorgeous family.
    The way you are raising your children is a credit to you, they are 2 of the most caring,sweet children i have ever met.
    Anyway luv ya

    Brenna

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  4. What a lovely, lovely post. And what a lovely testimony to her.

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  5. I have tears in my eyes as I read this. What a beautiful way to remember a woman who was obviously quite special in your life. *hugs*

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  6. A very touching post Tammy.
    Linda

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  7. This is a beautiful post Tammy. I understand how much having that little piece of her means so much to you and how it reminds you of her always.Thank you for sharing.:)

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  8. so touching Tammy .. that is a very special thing to do.

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  9. I am new to your blog, but very glad I found it. Like others, I too have tears in my eyes. I think I would have liked Nan. You are a wonderful part of her legacy.

    Linda

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  10. What a lovely lovely letter/idea/thought - I am really touched, I too have tears in my eyes. My Nan never saw any of my children but somehow I have a feeling she knows them and looks over us now and then.xx

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  11. What a beautiful post , really so lovely , what a tribute to a well loved woman .

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  12. Oh Tammy...I am sure that your Nan would be so proud of the loving, supportive, caring mother, wife and friend you are.
    It's a beautiful way to remember her and always have her close.
    Lots of hugs from the top end Bianca xox

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