Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bittersweet June

Can't we friends, compare the passing
      And the life of this cocoon
      To man's lowly, dark existence
      'Neath the stars, the sun, the moon
Ere he sheds his shell of matter,
Tries his Spirit wings in flight,

      Leaves the house that he has lived in,
      And goes forth, where all is bright?
(Gertrude Tooley Buckingham -- "The Cocoon", 1940s)

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

Yesterday I posted about the dance of life.

Today, my youngest son learned that one of his former middle school teachers died this morning from complications of malaria.  And just moments ago, my husband came home to tell me the father of one of our friends passed away.
June is the month in which my mother-in-law passed away 10 years ago.
It's also the month in which my husband and I met on a blind date 23 years ago.

A bittersweet month of love and loss.

Peace and blessings to all,

14 comments:

Claudia said...

I'm so sorry, Tammy. Bittersweet, indeed. I've often seen joy and sorrow happen right on top of each other. That, I suppose is the rhythm of life. Sincere sympathy on the losses you are mourning.

xo
Claudia

Createology said...

Oh dear this is bittersweet and truly tells of the "circle of life". Congratulations on your 23 years of being together. My condolences on your losses dear...

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....Love and loss, I think, are reminiscent of all life as human beings. We must just savor each moment and accept the losses as part of our time here on earth. Not easy but necessary. My condolences to your son and hubs for the losses they are currently sustaining. Susan

Betsy said...

Ah, good memories and sadness combined. It has been a month like that for us also. Untimely passings, but also great joy as we celebrate the 60th marriage anniversary of good friends. They married at 18, continued to college and then both went on for masters degrees while raising a family. Wonderful people and still full of energy. Would you believe that at 78 he still rides his bicycle 15 miles a day? Amazing to me.
Blessings sweet friend,
Betsy

Terra said...

"A bittersweet month of love and loss", so true. "In the sweet bye and bye, we will meet on that beautiful shore."

summersundays-jw said...

June has been one of those months for me also. My horoscope said it was to be one of the best months I had experienced in years....still trying to figure it out. Hope your weather has cooled a bit. Jan

Gracie Saylor said...

Your recent posts I've just now read are very thought provoking, for me, Tammy. I find myself now pondering how the changes in and around me cause minuscule breath-taking moments that I fill with many different responses, just as your posts reflect you do. Sometimes I stand in wonder full of curiosity about the creatures around me, wondering how they will adjust their flights through life. Sometimes I boil and rage at carelessness and waste. Sometimes I choose to take positive action including focusing on more pleasant views. Sometimes I feel weak and just need to rest and heal and feel perplexed. Sometimes I cry for those no longer near me. And sometimes I celebrate the joys of past and present relationships and am filled with hope for ones in the future. We may live miles apart, but we certainly are on common ground. Peace and blessings to you as well.

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh goodness.. sorry for the losses of your friends. But I'm glad you found your beloved in this month. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

I'm sorry about the sad news you received, Tammy. I guess we have to experience such sad moments to be able to really enjoy the good ones.
Hugs,
Julia

Aishwarya said...

Such is life.... Both sides of a coin called `Life'.

I like the fragrance of mogra flower.... Jasmine. June is the month for jasmine flowers too!

Linda said...

I think about these things all the time, always have. Even when I was a little girl, I seemed to have deep thoughts about the mystery of this life. Thankfully God is with me through it all and I know that's all I need.

As shared this week with you, I'm really appreciating your reflective posts.
Kindness always,
Linda

Mereknits said...

I am so sorry for the losses you are experiencing. I have been working on a very, very good friend who has cancer. Hospice has been called in and I am so sad. He is my husbands dearest friend, he and his wife introduced my husband and I, also on a blind date. I spend an hour or two a day with him, trying to work on him to help ease his pain. It is just so sad,
Sending you a hug,
Meredith

Amy at love made my home said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sad losses. It sounds as though June holds many mixed memories for you. I hope that you can look back on the good ones. Hugs and all good thoughts. xx

Sam I Am...... said...

I think it is all about balance and there must be both joy and sorrow. I have learned as I've gotten older that balance is the key in my life and to my happiness. If I keep things in balance then I can deal with pretty much anything, or so I think. My faith is where I get my true strength...faith that I am not alone in my struggles nor is anyone else.

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