These words of encouragement listed below come from a Hallmark card which I have received and sent a few times when it felt appropriate. The words ring true as we remain standing after losing someone who was so embedded into your heart and soul that even you wonder how time continues to march on leaving you here to tell your story. Just maybe our roots are the golden cords of love we share with our precious ones which extend to both sides of the veil.
THE OAK TREE
A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree’s leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark
But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?
The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway
But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You’ll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me
Until today, I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you
I’m stronger than I ever knew
Yesterday I wrote a post. As the day progressed to swallow me up, I decided I did not want to own my words so I deleted the post. A few people acknowledged my post by hitting the “like” button so I thought maybe an explanation was required. There is no way to balance my grief. The scales are forever tipped in the wrong direction now and I am growing weary of trying to explain the unexplainable. It remains true that “there are no words” in certain situations.
May your golden roots of love carry you through what I am unable to explain.
Always remembering Amy.