Friday, September 5, 2008

Keeping Memories Alive

I saw this quote from the book "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield and thought it was interesting.

"People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Life flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic."

I'm really sad about my friends passing. I don't want to ever forget him. He was such a great man and such a great friend to me. In his memory (and to help me), I'm going to post things about him, or memories I have of him to help me never to forget him. This will be mostly for me, but I hope that it will help keep him alive. At his memorial service, his family and friends talked about going through journals and scrapbooks. I am so grateful that they have those from him. It helps to keep him alive and to be remembered. I hope it is a comfort to his wife and family that they will always have a way to remember him.

I'll be back with crafty stuff when I'm ready. Please be patient.


Rebekah said...

Hang in there! A coworker of mine lost her sister in a tragic car accident earlier this summer. She's hanging in there and keeping here sister's memory alive by sharing fun stories and pictures with us each day. Talking and sharing has been so therapeutic for her and I can see how it's helping her to transition into life without here sister.

Take time to remember your friend in whatever ways you need and take all the time in the world you need before continuing on with blog/craft stuff.

Anonymous said...

Take all the time you need, baby. Love, Mom.