Sunday, November 02, 2014

Celebrating Her

I've now spent two of my sister's birthdays without her. It hasn't gotten any easier. I always touch base with my Mom and my brother-in-law and then I always try to do something that would make Patsy happy. Whether it's a good meal or a movie or just being outside, I find some moment that she would just love and I feel her with me.

My mother is always so sad on this day, so full of longing and tears. I listen, I cry with her but I know my sister would not approve. Oh, she'd be happy we miss her...but not about the sadness.

My brother-in-law always changes her flowers at her grave and often takes her a balloon on special occasions. Patsy loved balloons. Today, as has happened before, the balloon he got for her got away from him and quickly made its way to the heavens! We often say, she wanted her balloon right away! It makes us laugh.

My brother-in-law has a special lady and, as luck would have it, today is also her birthday. I love that! We all do. It gives him and Mom and me something to celebrate on this day that has been so special to us. It's hard to be sad when you want to be happy for someone you care about.

I changed my profile pic on Facebook to one of her. It helps knowing that good friends and family know why and they often chime in on how much they miss her too.

After my check-ins, Macy and I, Otto Rotto and the Rottrover were all off to the beach. We went to a different one this time as our friend Wizard couldn't make it. One that another of our hiking buddies knew of.  It was kind of impromptu, planned earlier in the week. Patsy adored the ocean...could stare at it for hours. I knew she would approve.

Macy loves to body surf and will often dive into the waves!

As magical things go, this beach was so special! It was the beach I see in my head. You know, the one without any people? In 50 years, I've never been to this beach...I thought it didn't exist...just some kind of fantasy! But it does!!! It was amazing! We walked over four miles and saw five people and five dogs. In all that walking, we only leashed up to avoid a dead seal!

It was magical for the dogs too! I am NOT exaggerating when I tell you we found around FORTY balls to play with!!

Our Blue Heaven

Patsy was on my mind... I had several beautiful shells and one stunning rock wash up at my feet.  It was such a blissful day and the perfect way to celebrate a special day!


Dory and the Mama said...

We hope the visit to the ocean helped soothe you the way it soothes us...

Shi Tzu Snuggles,
Arty and Mama Beth

Millie and Walter said...

What a beautiful tribute. Sisters are special and I'm lucky to still have mine.


Donna said...


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a lovely tribute to your special sister! Mom feels the same way about her long passed brother. We all hope she caught that runaway balloon:)

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

KB Bear said...

Such heartfelt and sweet words about your sister. I'm so sorry that she's gone to heaven but I'm glad that you try to do something that would make her smile on her special day.

That looks like a gorgeous beach.

rottrover said...

THAT isthe photo of the day!

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Wishing you a day of loving memories.