Today I’ve been reminiscing about my dear sister, who passed away 40 years ago. It is her birth date today, November 3. One sister texted “Happy Birthday to Audrey.” I sent emoticons, finding some that reminded me of her and things she liked. No words, just the pictures. The other sister said “She would have been 58 today, and she was born in ’58, does that count as a golden birthday of sorts?”
It brought a chuckle. We each have our gifts, interests and talents.
Audrey certainly had exceptional talent. A sister dearly loved remains a treasure in my heart. Imprinted there for life. I’m sure she impacted many people profoundly in her short life of 18 years. Even my two oldest brothers comment on her birthday occasionally if I go out to the fields for a combine ride.
The pictures I found were:
A painting easel and brush.
A beach umbrella.
The flag of Germany.
Reel-to-reel movie projector.
A necklace with a golden pendant.
A tennis ball.
Two girls dancing together.
A red heart.
I would pick a few more…. baton, white boots with huge black pom-poms, a German high school textbook, record player, friends, bonfire, the Hamilton High school band playing, “Victors” as they marched, homemade pizza, big roomy cardigan sweaters, German exchange students, clarinet, TV, sisters doing hair, macrame with twine, MSU symbol, tall shiny brown fashion boots, scarf, suitcase, journal…
A white Bible.
Did you get a picture in your head? Do you hear something? Can you smell them? Are you able to imagine a texture? Does your mouth water? Anything bring a tear to your eye?
I celebrate the gift of Audrey today. I thank God for the experience. I praise Him for the hope of heaven.
If you knew Audrey, you’ll know what some of these symbols mean and I welcome you to comment…
I’d love it if you commented on a loved one who went on ahead; share what reminds you of them? Pictures, objects, smells, sounds….
I’ve written other stories about Audrey-you can read them if you wish…