All year long, I have been in the mood for nothing ~ glorious nothing. After a tough 2015, it was bliss to begin 2016 luxuriating in slow, slothful, living.
But, yesterday, my friend, Liz , (aka Mrs LeapingTracks) , introduced me to her zippy new blog, LeapingLife, and my fingers suddenly twitched, and expressed a desire to add a little something to my gaping, indolent, whole lot of nothing.
And this is what happened; my collage homage to those we loved and lost in 2015 ~ pets included.
In this collage, ‘Best Beloved’, I superimposed one of my mini-meadow photos on an old photo of a beloved friend who died last October. She was an important presence in my life for nearly 45 years. In the collage, the lighter area is the photo of my friend holding my baby son. The lightness represents my feeling that she remains nearby, but just ever so slightly out of my reach.
The second collage is ‘Best Beloved’, subjected to some more tinkering.
I used a Picasa editing setting called Heat Map, and, to my delight, my friend’s pale image became a green heart-like shape. Entirely appropriate since she had very green thumbs and one of her great loves was gardening.
Speaking of loves, what/who we love and how we love, Su Leslie asked me back in October to participate in the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. It’s a bit late to enter the challenge, but here is my contribution from a passage, (I Corinthians 13 ), which is pertinent to this post, and which always inspires me ~ “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Ain’t that the truth! Love, the heart of the matter.
This post is dedicated to love, loss, life, and love, and, in particular to my friend ( and her family), and to Lavinia and Rick. Lavinia turns loss into life by adding plants to her garden in memory of loved ones.
My friend’s family asked us to remember her by donating to the Millennium Seed Bank http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/collections/millennium-seed-bank/about-millennium-seed-bank coordinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (What the excellent video on that link if you have time. ) Both are wonderful ways to express our love for one life, and all life. And much more useful than the collage homage. 😉