Written on My Heart | #WordlessWednesday

Losing a loved one does not just make us
painfully aware of their mortality, but our own,
which comes with a great sense of responsibility–

to carry on living our lives a little more
mindfully, purposefully, and wholeheartedly,
now that they cannot

(I miss you and I will always love you) –-Emina Gaspar-Vrana

Today my sister Lori would have celebrated her 56th birthday. In the photo above are the last Christmas gifts she gave me–a brooch representing [us] six sisters joined by hip and heart and a beautiful sister-heart. She gave them to me last January–weeks after her diagnosis–when we made a special trip to New Orleans so she and I could have a sister heart to heart that I didn’t want to have by phone. While I struggle with the cruel reality of two sisters gone, I walk in the knowledge that not even death can remove the imprint of my sisters from my heart.

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) –e.e. cummings

23 thoughts on “Written on My Heart | #WordlessWednesday

  1. Eileen says:

    Happy Birthday Lori…wherever you are..
    Chandra,this broach of you six sisters is unique and wonderful. Such a Great Memory gift of hers. Wear it as often as you can – it is beautiful!

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  2. Natasha says:

    What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute, to your wonderful sister/s, dear Chandra.

    Your writing made me tear up a bit. I lost my mother too, exactly a year back to the Big C, and it seems it was just yesterday we spent precious moments together, making beautiful memories.

    Thank you so much for this lovely post, Chandra.
    And really nice to have you link up with us at #WordlessWednesday after a short hiatus.

    Love, Prayers and Light ❤


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