Even though this was shot during LFWM and was one of my intended outfits (which never made it to the shows though, but turned out to be an amazing photo shoot with the amazing Helen Wykes) I saw these pictures and decided I’ll take a break from my LFWM coverage and post this. This post is an hommage to my great aunt who I lost less than a week ago and am mourning deeply.
My great aunt, that is my grandmother’s sister, was basically my second grandmother. I spent all my summers with her and have so many fond memories of her, both from my childhood (including some crazy ones from us driving down to Italy from Sweden for example), but also from growing up to be a teen and then into adulthood. Even during my rough years, she was always there. I know she is very proud of me right now and that’s why I am writing my thoughts down of how I perceived her, not only as a family member, but as a woman.
She was curious, stubborn, incredibly beautiful and smart. She always knew what people thought without them even speaking. She basically raised four children on her own with their father being absent. She worked 3 parallel jobs to pay the mortgage for a house (which I remember as huge from my childhood) to give her 4 sons the best life possible. How a person can work 3 full time jobs and taking care of a household is beyond what I can imagine, but she pulled it off. I have never heard her complain. Not once. If she didn’t like something or someone, well, unlike me, she didn’t have the urge to say it. She kept herself graceful until the very end. Some of her last words actually were “I am a curious person and always have been, you know, so I am actually excited about what new adventures await me on the other side”. That captures her spirit in a quote. She was always curious to learn more, see more, do more. She had so much love to give and she gave it to everyone who crossed her path. The never ending stream of love is my most precious memory of her. If there is one thing I have learnt from her it is to love and by doing that be loved. Be humble, and people will treat you the way you’re supposed to be treated. Be curious and you can reach your dreams. In her world there were no borders or limits. The sky wasn’t high enough. Hence the sky is not my limit anymore. Thanks to her I have no limits in as far I can go or what I can reach for.
However, she is not gone. She is watching over me and all her loved ones. She was an angel on earth and has now joined the angels in heaven. I miss her ever so much, but will forever have her in my heart and in my prayers.
To end with I’d want to share one of her favorite hymns to her honor. Jag älskar dig, kära “monster”. Vila i frid.
Beautiful Savior, king of creation
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee, truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.
Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands,
Robed in the flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!