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I'm in Heaven . . .
Nancy, Janice and me
Yesterday my aunt Janice left this life behind. She had been on hospice for some time. In late June I had the great fortune of spending a week with her and my cousin Nancy in Medford, Oregon. Despite her immobility and and obvious challenges her spirit and spunk was as strong as ever. The sign on the wall behind us in the picture was written by my Aunt Janice. It says: GOD - Gratitude Overcomes Depression.
What a gift to spend time together. That connection can never be taken away from me. Her advice, which she repeated several times a day was, "You just have to be grateful for every moment of every day." I couldn't agree more.
my father and my aunt
During our last week together we stayed up late watching The Sound of Music and we watched her (2nd) wedding video which is 90% dancing. We looked through photo albums and reminisced. Our big outing each day was to the "veranda" (aka her back yard) where we would eat a meal and admire the flowers, clouds, or sunset. I played "chef" for the week and Janice wasn't afraid to tell me she didn't like some of my cooking. She owned a Baskin Robbins ice cream store for decades and loved sweets. We ate lots of ice cream.
Although she remained friends with her first husband, her true love she found later in life: Miro. I got to hear about their trips to Slovenia together and their love of dancing.
At night we would put her blanket in the dryer and get it all nice and toasty warm for her. Every time we put it on her she would start singing, "Heaven, I'm in heaven . . . dancing cheek to cheek". . . I can't say what happens when we transition from this life but I like imagining my aunt Janice's vision came true and she is now reunited and dancing with Miro. . .
Thank you aunt Janice for your positive attitude, spunky honesty, zest for life, sense of humor, laughter and love.
Susan Arthur (daughter)
11/3/2012 08:31:21 am
Thank you so much Harmony for making this blog it is really special. I am so glad you were able to spend time with her. She was a special person to every one she met and I am truly blessed to have had such an inspiration in my life to live to the fullest which she did in so many ways. I really love the pictures especially with your dad and her when young. My son Daniel just came up to me while I was looking through this blog and asked if that was Kylie (my daughter) amazing how much resemblence there is in our family. Love to you Susan
11/4/2012 07:55:19 am
I'm so sorry to hear this, Harmony. But what a lovely post you have made about it. She sounds like a wonderful woman and aunt to you.
11/21/2012 07:10:07 am
Very sweet Harmony! I am still missing my Mommy and Auntie. This photo hit home. Thanks for sharing it with us on your web. Is the rose a "peace rose" or" double delight"? My Mother and Aunt loved them both. Me too. I also love your "Fields of Honey" pattern, do you have any left? Hugs, Rose
9/1/2013 04:28:03 pm
Great blog post.
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