October 27th, 2010 ~ It’s been two years.
Bill & I decided to take an impromptu 10-day vacation driving north to British Columbia to visit friends here and other dear folks on our way back home. We invited Marc to come with us, but he stayed home for work obligations, and to care for the house, my plant jungle, and our Jaeci kitty.
The timing of where we were to be when, all came together at the last minute. Most appropriately, we are wrapping up our wonderful 2-1/2 day visit with Kate, her hubby Ken, 16 year-old son Ian, and delightful 10 year-old daughter LiliGrace on the 2nd anniversary of Bri’s death.
We met Kate through Bri and Marc, who loved her the moment they met at a Plant Spirit Medicine workshop in 2006 that Bri coordinated for her Dad, Eliot Cowan. Bill and I met Kate when she dropped by our home with her friend Julia on their way home from a Utah get-away last year. It was instant friendship for us as well. Kate extended an open-ended “come visit us anytime” invitation…so here we are.
Kate & I wanted to celebrate Bri in some way. So, last night, LiliGrace, Kate, and I made Halloween-inspired JackAppleFace cookies, which I will be doing a post for later this week (if I can manage to fit it in while visiting friends).
At 3am this morning, Kate woke up to light a candle in memory of Bri, which we will leave burning all day. I woke up around the same time and thought of how grateful I am to have had her as my daughter-in-law. And to have shared our home with Bri and Marc for the last two years of her life.
The photo of Kate’s lovely viburnum introducing this post makes a fitting tribute to Bri’s spirit and being…resilient and beautiful to the very end.