Today is the one year anniversary of my Cousin Jen’s passing. I know I have written of this lovely woman before and yet, I went searching my archives and didn’t get the hits I expected. Is this because she is so much in my heart and so alive in my memories that I just think I have written of her before?
I received an email from her sister before I could begin this post with a poem that captures a taste of Jen. It is hard to convey another person’s Soul, especially if their impact on you was as huge as Jen’s. She had dark hair and brown eyes and the warmest smile. She had mischievous eyes that invited you to share the joy of life and the laughter in the moment. We were close at different times over the years. Was it coincidence that the day her book was published, her sister (again! that marvelous woman) wrote a few of us to share that Jen’s book had just debuted on Amazon? I no longer had Jen’s email, but out of love and curiosity instantly clicked on the site and yes, there she was. The title of the book was Views from a Celestial Bridge. You can read the reviews yourself and see she comes across the pages she penned with such love and care. It is a physical representation I can hold of my Jen and serves as a clear bellweather for me when I need her sage advice and wisdom. Mind, she’s giving me that magical grin as I write this.
We had two months of daily emails, sometimes four or five a day. And I have them to hold and to visit with my cousin. It was within those emails and the swapping of stories, the catching up on our lives that Cousin Jen urged me to think of beginning a blog and for whom I owe a great debt of gratitude for the ongoing joy this blog brings me. Thank You, God for bringing us back together before she left to join you. Just before posting, I got permission to reprint her sister’s salute in memory of Jen:
Flowers a bloom
Birds on a wire
Our sights lifted higher
You are gone from our midst
But ever remain in our minds and hearts
O Jenny, Dear
Has it really been a year?
The twinkling eyes and luscious laughter
A smile that so broad and wide
So rich in positive grace
You left us much to aspire to be
With Mom and Dad now
You can all continue to pray for us
We will love you all the way to heaven…
Rest in Joy! May 1, 2012 Jeanette Ann Totoonchie/Romano