Sunday, January 16, 2011
A winter afternoon on Norway Lake aka Lake Pennesseewassee is quite peaceful except for the occasional whine of a snowmobile off in the distance. Elenka and I came here yesterday, because it was a place near and dear to my Aunt Gloria. If in conversation, Norway or South Paris, Maine came up, she'd smile and always want to talk about her times lakeside growing up and her visits as an adult. She passed peacefully and serenely away this past week in Florida, after 86 strong, productive, laughter-filled, giggling years. I have many memories of this woman, but two that I hold dearest are these. Because she taught for the Defense Department overseas at US Air Force bases in Germany, France and Japan, visits home at Christmas were nonexistent; however, she always sent us kids an advent calendar from across. I think I've had one in my home ever since. They are special to me. But really, the greatest gift she gave to me was a silver Kodak camera, when I was ten. I'll never forget that birthday gift... I've been taking photographs ever since. Be at Peace. Love you Aunt Gloria.
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So many pleasant memories of aunt Gloria.ReplyDelete
A lovely tribute.ReplyDelete
And an unpronounceable name.
You have some great memories of Aunt Gloria. How wonderful that she had such a positive affect on your life, even when she was so far away.ReplyDelete
What a touching tribute to Aunt Gloria. That Kodak camera and those advent calendars--they say so much about her, don't they?ReplyDelete
Wonderful tribute. Aunt Gloria would be so touched that you have those memories of her.ReplyDelete
Terrific gift from your aunt which had a lasting impact. Who would have thought that decades later you'd be sharing photos with the world on something called the internet? You never know how a gift will impact someone's life. May she rest in peace.ReplyDelete
Peaceful Travels, Aunt Gloria.ReplyDelete
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Glad to know when it all began !ReplyDelete
God bless Aunt Gloria.
What a wonderful memory. Sound like you had a wonderful muse. I love this photo too.ReplyDelete
Will miss you, Aunt Gloria. This woman actually lived in a 'museum'. It was always an adventure visiting her. Rest in peace.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photo and beautiful tribute!ReplyDelete
Your trip was a wonderful way to honour your aunt!ReplyDelete
Cold and beautiful pictures in this and previous posts! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
God bless you!
Your visit to a place that mattered to her, taking a photo in tribute to her, and telling her story on your blog are all wonderful memorials to your beloved aunt.ReplyDelete
What wonderful memories. Aunt Gloria lives on in your heart. I think she sounded like a grand lady!ReplyDelete
My deepest condolences for your loss.ReplyDelete
The photo is absolutely beautiful but also sad, especially with the commentary that came under it.
I am sure Aunt Gloria will be dearly reminded every year with an Advent Calendar near you, a visit once in a while to Norway Lake and clicks, with or without sound, on your camera...ReplyDelete
what a sweet ode to your aunt Gloria. May she rest in peace.ReplyDelete