Bright Square #30
Today could be considered a sad day but it’s also a bright day.
With blogging I always feel it’s important to talk about the mix of emotions we all go through from time to time – because that’s life – good and bad, happy and sad.
Today is the day my mother-in-law Ruby, would have turned 90, had she not left us in December last year. We are still mourning her, as we work through her house (and life), finding gems we didn’t know about, like her artworks for instance. We wonder what would have happened if she’d taken those opportunities to pursue her artistic talents when she was offered them, what would her life had looked like then?
Thinking back to this time last year we were all pleased with how well Ruby was coping with lockdown, as she lived alone, many hours drive away from her two remaining children. We organised a friend to take her a cake and the family had a party on Zoom with her. She loved seeing the little ones on the screen and hearing all the news from everyone. She was as sharp as a tack right up until the end, a clever and talented woman.
Today we spent the day with her at the forefront of our minds. We took her flowers, we went out for lunch overlooking the sparkly blue water at a favourite beach, we wandered around the shops, bought some books and some plants – just exactly as she would have wanted us to. It was as if she was with us all day and of course she was in spirit.
We decided that April 30 be declared ‘buy a book day’ in honour of Ruby, who loved her books! If you could see the overloaded bookshelves in her house you would ask us why we were buying books, but she always liked to support small businesses and this particular book shop in Huskisson, was always a favourite of hers.
It was bright, sunny and warm, considering it’s the last day of April and autumnal, it got up to 24 degrees :). We will soon return home to the cooler temperatures and crisp mountain air, but for now we are enjoying the warmth.
Here are some of my squares from today, the final day of #brightsquare
As I said in my post yesterday, I will miss seeing all the wonderful brightness that Becky and other bloggers have been capturing and sharing throughout the month of April. It’s been fabulous to be involved in such a creative and talented community.
Thanks again to Becky for the wonderfully bright month.
Becky’s square theme for April was Bright – it was a monthly challenge where she posted a photo every day – you can see her latest post here – Thank you Brightly. Becky will be back with more squares on a different theme in July, and I look forward to joining in again.
I’ll leave you with one last bright and beautiful square, as a reminder of our autumn down here. I was walking this morning and this perfect leaf was at my feet begging to be photographed – so of course I obliged – in the name of squares!
Normal blog transmission will resume next month – whatever ‘normal’ is!
I’ve just sorted out all my #brightsquare posts and I think I did pretty well! I tried to make it about what I was observing at the time and what was bright in my world. It made me look at things differently and I really enjoyed finding bright squares to share, so thanks again to Becky for the fun month 🙂
Don’t let someone dim your light, simply because it’s shining in their eyes!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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