#atozchallenge, A is for Angel…

 

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because I’m an April baby, and that’s my birthstone angel that my mother and I made 16 years ago after my dad passed away.  Mom had come back from Arizona to inter my father’s ashes at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

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It’s a very impressive sight, a little like Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, with rows of granite headstones and plaques rather than white crosses.  The cemetery was opened in recent years because of the growing need for burial space as WWII veterans reached their 80s and 90s.

When things had quieted down after the initial memorial service and gathering of family, I wasn’t sure how to keep my mother occupied as she grieved and tried to decide what she wanted to do next with her life.

So while she stayed with us, she and I assembled quite a few of these little angels made from different colored birthstone beads and golden pins to sell at craft shows.  I’m not sure, but I think being surrounded by all those angels made getting through the next few weeks a little easier for us both.

~Diane D.

(My theme for the A to Z Challenge is birthdays)

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  1. That’s what angels do… hugs x ❤

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    1. Thank you, Al. I think so, too

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  2. A great post to start things off. Looking forward to more.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! Nice of you to stop by!

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  3. Such a lovely and endearing post! Sweet and pretty angel like you!

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  4. Hugs! Great first post!!!!!!!!! So sorry for your loss.

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    1. Thanks, losing anyone is hard, but I do truly believe in angels…

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  5. Very touching. I loved this.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. You know how hard it is, but I do believe in angels!

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  6. Thank you for sharing. I didn’t know they made a new cemetery for the glorious WW11 veterans. I guess that means your dad served in the military?

    I love that you and your mom made angels. Bet that helped you both so much.

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    1. My dad was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran. Thanks so much for reading! I truly believe in angels so I think it did help us move on

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      1. You’re welcome. It was an honor to get to read it. If your dad was here, I’d thank him for his service. 🙂

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  7. A bittersweet post, Diane, as well as a beautiful one. 💗💗

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    1. Thanks, Rob. It’s tough when you realize your parents aren’t going to be there forever…

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      1. I was 19 when my dad died, and I felt as though there was no future, just sadness. It had taken a while to get past the pain of the loss, but the regret of not knowing him as an adult will be one of my life’s biggest regrets.

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      2. Oh, that must have been very hard. We were very lucky to have both parents a long time. They both even got to know both of my boys.

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  8. Beautiful post and lovely angel, Diane.

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  9. This is a sad but wonderful story. I think when we lose someone, unexpected things help. When my dad died 4 years ago, I took a tie (yes a necktie) from my parents house. It made me feel like he was still around… until he retired, he wore one every (work)day. For grandma, it was a pillow and a very old glass measuring cup. Love your angel. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, yes, I get that. I have my dad’s cufflinks cause I always thought they were cool.

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  10. [Dr Meg Sorick] from
    Meg Sorick Writes (better than she dresses)
    This is me practicing, Diane!

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  11. This was so sad. Bravo. A great start.

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    1. Thank you. He lived to be 82, mom was almost 9 years younger and lived to 86. And both my parents got to know all their grandchildren so we consider ourselves luckier than many families!

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      1. That is true. My parents never had the chance to meet my daughter.

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      2. You lost them both very young! I’m sorry…

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      3. Life happens. They died three years apart. Both died in my arms. That’s life.

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  12. What a sweet angel! Very touching.

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    1. Thank you so much! He was a dear and you never really stop being daddy’s little girl, I guess 🙂

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  13. Beautiful angel and story.

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    1. Thanks, I do truly believe in angels.

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  14. They’re absolutely lovely! I’m so happy they brought you comfort.

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    1. Thank you, they did. And I do truly believe in angels…

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  15. I don’t know where I post the link of my blog post for the challenge, can you tell me ??? Thanks

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    1. I didn’t link my post, I just put #atozchallenge in the title and tag so people could find it. I also have the badge on my site as a widget. Does that help?

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      1. That’s what I’ll do I also have the widget… Thanks 💖💖

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      2. Then anyone can search for the tag in the reader and find your posts. Good luck!

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      3. I am such a newbie at this blog thing..I really love blogging but I know nothing ❤ I'm trying though 😉

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      4. Me, too! But people are really nice and helpful it seems. I spend a lot of time visiting other blogs and asking questions, lol

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      5. Me too, I am loving all of it…My kids can’t believe all that I have learned about their technology 😉

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      6. I know! I just love meeting people from all over the world, such fun! Do you have a theme you’re using for the challenge?

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      7. No I really did think of one…I was just so excited to get the widget up I couldn’t think of anything else 😉

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      8. I don’t think you have to have one…it’s easier for me to have a common thread, but mine is April birthdays, so not terribly exciting.

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  16. I brought my angels with me on the flight!! I don’t go anywhere w/o them 🙏🏻

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    1. Angels always appeal to me! And I truly do believe.

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  17. A beautiful first post for the challenge. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

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    1. Aww, thanks, Rashmi, it’s tougher than I thought, lol!

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  18. What a beautiful Angel and post 🙂

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    1. Oh, thank you, I do love angels

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  19. Poignant yet beautiful post. The angel is very sweet and I’ m glad to hear that it brought you and your mother some small measure of comfort.

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  20. I think keeping your mother busy was such a beautiful idea, Diane! The angel making project really was so sweet! I am glad you parents lived into their 80’s. My Dad passed away at 69 but he had retired at 55 so we had more of him than many do. My children spent hours with him, Diane. I am happy your kids spent time with your parents, too. 🙂

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    1. Oh, they did, and even after they moved we visited both sets of grandparents every year. I’m glad my kids have such good memories of them.

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  21. Thanks for sharing this sweet story. Good luck on the challenge.

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  22. Beautiful story. Thumbs up and virtual hug from a fellow April baby. 🙂

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    1. Happy birthday to you and thanks for reading! What day is your birthday?

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      1. Earth Day is my birthday. Happy birthday to you as well

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  23. what a lovely story…and a great start to the challenge!

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