Wild Violets

April 18, 2013

I didn't know until this week that my mother carried a bunch of violets as her wedding bouquet. Or maybe I had forgotten and tucked that piece of knowledge into the old sky-blue Samsonite suitcase with its hard shell and tufted interior.  But when the wild violets suddenly sprang up all over our yard , I knew that my mother would be thrilled. And she was. She arrived for a visit earlier this week.

I also knew that my grandfather, my Mama's Daddy, would have liked those violets. He was a man who loved a wild yard and I loved that about him. 

My mother and I are now headed back to Louisiana. My Grandpa passed away this morning. The morning of my 40th birthday. Life and death and wild violets all somehow intertwined.
Stacy Kadesh said...

So sorry Lucia. My thoughts and prayers for healing and sweet memories.

Jan and Randy said...

So very sorry.

Kim Crowley said...


So sorry about your grandfather! I love and miss you and hope you and your family are doing ok.

And happy birthday!

love love love you

Keri said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandpa! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! What a beautiful memory of the violets especially today. Hugs to you all!

Keri, Dan, Jessi, Noah and Hannah

likeschocolate said...

Happy Birthday and at the same time I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. May you gain comfort in the gathering of your family.

Sara: Love in the Suburbs said...

Lucia, I'm sorry to hear of your Grandpa's passing. I hope you can find some moments of stillness and joy in your birthday. Thank you for the story about your family and violets.

Lost in Sicily said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. Sending you lots of Sicilian love and bday wishes. Beautiful violets and family stories.
And, as an aside, welcome to the (40s) club. Once you get used to it, it's pretty awesome.

The Jiu Jiu said...

I'm really sorry you lost your beloved Grandpa. Wishing you, your mom, and the whole family many bouquets of wild violets. Always remember, as long as you keep a part of Grandpa in your heart, he's not really gone... he's just not able to physically occupy the space next to you. (And, strange as it may sound, I'm also wishing you a happy birthday -- with the [many] coming birthdays to be much happier!)

Rebecca Alexis said...

The last words of your paragraph, life and death intertwined, are just beautiful. xo

Francesca said...

happy belated birthday Lucia! i'm sorry about your grandfather - i'm sure he was grateful to have lived long enough to see his granddaughter become a woman and a mother.

Mom2Isabel said...

So very sorry, my friend.

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