Saturday, October 11, 2008

Remember me as loving you


When we leave some people behind in time and move ahead only with their memories, time seems to pass so much more swiftly ...

I read this piece often (don't know the author) and it's strangely comforting:

"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying."


The painting is an old one from about 18 years ago that I painted while in college as a reproduction of a favorite poster by an unknown artist. The poster had this child's face with the words "Remember me as loving you." It seemed apt for the day.

15 comments:

Robyn said...

I received a shorter version of this in a card. Very comforting words.

Jude said...

Wonderful words

Chris' Shady Grove said...

lovely post Bindu

Sydney said...

It is a lovely post, I am wondering what is stirring this feeling for you today?

bindu said...

Robyn, Jude, Chris - thanks.

Sydney - thanks. Remembering my aunt who passed away 2 years ago, the 11th, in an unfortunate incident. She was very artistic too.

Blu said...

the picture really gets me, the child is look straight into my thoughts and mind. Nice post.

Best wishes from Brittany France

pink dogwood said...

This is so beautiful Bindu - I am going to bookmark this as one of my favorite posts. You are lucky to have had an aunt like that - I hope my nephew and nieces remember me like this one day :)

bindu said...

blu - thanks.

bhavana - glad you liked it.

meb said...

Margo posted this over on Jackie's blog and gave you credit for it... It is so beautiful. I, too, want to keep this close and will read it often. Thanks bindu.

bindu said...

Meb - glad you liked it. I don't know who wrote it, but it is a very comforting image.

Anonymous said...

Your painting of the child is so realistic!

shuma.rani said...

A beautiful post Bindu :))

Karine said...

What a beautiful quote.
I think anyone who has lost a loved one would be moved by those words, and the painting...

bindu said...

Shuma & Karine - glad you liked it.

Veda Murthy said...

Nice blog and a lovely post bindu....i too have this poster actually framed...this was a gift print for my sister from her school and we still have it at home...dont know whose the painter ....

Best regards,
Veda