I’ll admit this project has brought tears to my eyes more than once, as people have overwhelmed me with their generosity in sharing precious mementos and family heirlooms. One of those treasures that really touched my heart came in a box chock-full of presents for the bouquet. It was from my aunt Denise and her two daughters, Monica and Sara.
Sara sent along a note to explain what was in the box they sent. There were three pieces “picked out with you in mind” – a lovely rose, a blue flower on a stick pin, and a little pink brooch. Then there were two pieces that came from Denise’s jewelry case – a bouquet made from clay and a porcelain boutonniere. There was also a bracelet that’s been re-gifted a few times; very fitting! But what brought me to tears were three pairs of clip-on earrings. They belonged to Denise’s mother-in-law, Vonnie MacLean.
I always smile when I think of her or hear her name; she just always seemed like such a happy, life-loving woman! She is definitely one who could be described as having a life well lived, full of joy and, for anytime I can recall, surrounded by family and friends. I know I’ll already be smiling on my wedding day, but thinking of her spirit being in my hands that day makes me smile just a little bit more.