My newest Round Robin Challenge entry. When I read the roots of the word nostalgia, and it brought to mind a longing for something of the past, there was only one thing I could think of that spoke nostalgia to me. I’m sure people are tiring of reading my writings about the loss of my dearest friend and sister-in-law, Connie. But here I go again.
On my last visit to California to visit my family (and get my braces off), I took the opportunity to catch “on film” what my brother (only half jokingly) calls, “The Shrine”. It has been over a year since she died. It seems like I haven’t seen her in decades, not months. And yet my heart is often just as raw today as it was in the first moments after her death.
As part of his grieving process, my brother amassed a collection of photos and items of sentimental worth in and on the built-in in his dining room. As I prepared these pictures to post, I took the opportunity to zoom in and take a good look at the things that are collected there.
Here is a list of some of the “things” that found their way into “The Shrine”:
- A lime green GPS device she used for Geo-Caching
- A mug that weirdly broke through the cup part but the handle was left intact
- Water bottles filled with dirt from the locales of various adventures
- The license plate from her motorcycle
- An empty bottle of Dom Perignon (her and my brother’s favorite)
- A vase that my father had given her
- Her tape dispenser (which reminds me that I need to ask my brother why that’s in there)
- A Rubik’s cube (solved)
- Her grandmother’s Sweets jar
- A small container of Carmex
- Her favorite (and only) tube of lipstick
- A black lighter (she always carried one, who knows why)
- Various geodes and other interesting (or not so interesting) rocks
- Patches, pins, buttons, and key chains
- An American flag
- A wooden cross and a plastic and yarn cross
- The box containing her ashes
- Well, you get the idea
And the pictures span her lifetime. All of them evoking memories and many of them laughter as well as tears. My brother was out to see me in August after I got back from Africa. He told me that he was making the choice to stop actively grieving. I wonder if “The Shrine” will still be there when I visit him next week. I am going to California to celebrate (for the second year in a row) Connie’s and Phil’s anniversary, without her. Phil and I having a standing date for the next forever to be together on that day, September 17th.
So, this nostalgia is about Connie, whom I miss horribly, and long for…
Please visit the other Round Robin Challengers’ postings to see their takes on “Nostalgia”
Through The Eyes Of The Beholder – POSTED!
Every Picture Tells a Story
Gina’s Space- POSTED!
http://journals.aol.com/rbrown6172/GinasspaceValorie – POSTED!
Photographs and Memories Too – POSTED!
First Digital Photos – POSTED!