Pensive Thoughts

I said in my ‘Today Is………. ‘ post earlier that I hadn’t slept very well. In fact, when I did finally get to sleep, it was to dream of park benches, concrete and the memory of my Mum. I woke up with tears threatening.

When we lose a loved one, it is perhaps a release for them, but for those left behind, a hard path to tread. Unlike my Dad, I could not be with Mum when she passed away, neither was I there when her ashes were scattered, but the lack of a physical presence doesn’t mean I wasn’t there in spirit.
In my dream, I was shown to a freshly concreted base where a bench was going to be placed in my Mum’s memory. I knelt and cried, the pain of losing her as acute as if it were only yesterday.

Thinking about it, this could have been triggered by Friday’s funeral, and one of the daughter’s saying ‘Hello Mum’ when the hearse drew up outside the house.
For my Mum’s funeral, I said my final goodbyes to her as she lay in the funeral parlour’s Chapel of Rest that morning. I put a few things alongside her and was assured they would not be removed. We had travelled down the day before and were staying with MOH for a couple of days to break the journey. Things didn’t actually work out like that, but I won’t go into that here.

It’s not unusual to see park benches in memory of loved ones. There are several in the park here and I wrote a poem about the one below.
Boating friends passed away within months of each other a year or so ago, and the family took their ashes up river and scattered them from their boat before it was sold. A bench was to have been erected in the car park on the marina in their memory, but so much has happened since we left, we don’t know if that actually came about.

Mum never visited us here, so a bench would not be appropriate, even if we could afford one. In the Garden of Remembrance at Bournemouth Crematorium there is a tree with a bench close by where Mum and I used to sit when I took her up on Dad’s birthday, Father’s Day, their wedding anniversary, or the anniversary of his passing. We’d sit and chat about him, or just sit quietly with our own thoughts. I know it brought Mum peace when she visited. My sister never took her there, but I believe my niece did as she was very close to her grandfather.
I’d like to think Mum’s ashes were scattered beneath the same tree and their two spirits are sitting on that very same bench, together forever in a different world where no-one can hurt them, free from pain and worry.

Thoughts of Mum are triggered every time I see the haybale rolls in the fields as she watched ‘the doughnut machine’, rabbits and daffodils on the roadside, and lots of other little things that won’t register with other people. For my Dad it’s hedgerows and anything suitable for making wine, DIY efforts, his way with animals and the countless games of cribbage we’d play after the evening meal and homework was done, driving Mum nuts as she was trying to count stitches on her knitting whilst we were fifteen two-ing and fifteen four-ing, with two for a pair.
I embrace them all, bringing me closer to the parents I loved and miss so terribly sometimes, I feel the tears welling and hear the catch in my voice. I was truly blessed to have been their daughter.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Pensive Thoughts

  1. Sadje says:

    Memories of a parent lost are double edged. They bring both joy and sorrow

  2. quiall says:

    I dreamt of my Mom last night too! I wonder why.

  3. Sad and joy at the same time. I get it. Every time I see a butterfly I smile and then grieve a moment.

  4. The sadness of loss and the joyous memories – never forgotten loved ones – closest to us – blessings and sometimes messages sent from heaven. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings. 🙂

  5. SarahC says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Been ten months since dad and 30yrs ago mom . Some days hardly believe it

  6. They say time heals. The loss is so painful. The memories are wonderful and you have to hold on to them because it is all you’ve got left. I thought about my son today. I mean I think of him all the time but yesterday, my dad, who has dementia asked how my “kids” were. I told him “kid” and he felt so bad saying he knew he had made a mistake. I am here with tears for him and for you and your memories of your parents.

    • Bless you Christine. I am sorry for such a sad loss.
      I have so many happy memories, there are more smiles than tears, but sometimes they threaten. If they fall, they fall, it is all part of the grieving process which has no time limit or barriers.

  7. Carol anne says:

    You were Di, and, they were blessed to have you too. You are a kind, sweet, caring soul. xo

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