my sweet friend, molly, sent me this picture a few days ago. it was from her wedding back in 2010. it brought such a smile to my face when i opened it. this is my great-grandmother, bunbun. she passed away this summer, and i have missed her every single day since.
there is a song that i listen to when i miss her. it helps me remember that i am never without her. and i love that.
“I don’t know where you are these days, what’s broken down and what’s beautiful in your life this season. I don’t know if this is a season of sweetness or one of sadness. But I’m learning that neither last forever. There will, I’m sure, be something that invades this current loveliness. That’s how life is. It won’t be sweet forever. But it won’t be bitter forever either. If everywhere you look these days, it’s wintery, desolate, lonely, practice believing in springtime. It always, always comes, even though on days like today it’s nearly impossible to imagine, ground frozen, trees bare and spiky. New life will spring from this same ground. This season will end, and something entirely new will follow it.”
- Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet