Night Flowers/We Are Given Memories - - (January's Flowers)

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We Are Given Memories - - So That We May Have Flowers in "Winter". Captured on a winter night in January.

In Loving Memory of John Alexander McLean, who died aged 32 years, on 25 January many years ago. My first dear Husband, Daddy to Fiona and Julie-Faye. Biological Grandpa to Shane, Kevin and Jessica, the "grands" he never knew in this life.
Also John was a much Loved Brother to Shirlee, Don and Garry, and Beloved Son as well.

And also wish to honour my dear Husband in this life now, who has been a great Dad to my girls and caring Gramps to our "grands". Forever Loved.
(PS, these flowers are blooming in January on our front doorstep, where they have survived all winter so far).


Guest - Sep 15, 2007 01:52 AM EDT
Thanks Alandra, Bye for now .. Don
Guest - Sep 15, 2007 01:40 AM EDT
thank YOU, Don, Brother, am so glad that you found the image and tribute to your much loved Brother. And your kind & caring words mean so much to me, as did Shirlee's. It's easy to understand why or how you would feel that way, after such traumatic losses when you were so young. A person hardly knows how to cope with such a tragedy. You acted the way John would have done, - he told me once that a person would have to "forget"! When I queried this in something akin to amazement at the time, - he said "well, not forget forget",-guess he meant not to dwell on the loss. There were a few things like that that he talked about, as if "he knew" he wasn't going to be around much longer.
Guest - Sep 15, 2007 12:54 AM EDT
Thanks Alandra for the lovely tribute to my brother. I think it finally hit me that because of all my family tragedy when I was young, I spent my life trying to forget. Perhaps it is time to learn how to remember. Your pictures are wonderful, you seem to have the ability to capture those special moments in time that leave an imprint in our soul. Cheers, Don
Guest - Feb 05, 2006 05:41 PM EDT
thanks very much, Karen, very nice of you. appreciated too.
Guest - Feb 05, 2006 04:05 AM EDT
A beautiful photo with an equally beautiful thought. Very touching tribute.
Guest - Feb 05, 2006 03:03 AM EDT
thanks so much Susan in New Zealand for taking time to leave such a nice comment. Am late with this one.
Guest - Feb 04, 2006 01:12 AM EDT
so good to see you here again, Joan, thanks so much for the kind comments and taking time to look. Much appreciated : )
Guest - Feb 03, 2006 06:41 PM EDT
What a memorable tribute to John Alandra one which will always keep him close in your lives.
Guest - Feb 02, 2006 02:23 PM EDT
Thankyou Vicki for the kind comments, and also for the humorous thoughts in your last comment : )
Guest - Feb 02, 2006 02:21 PM EDT
thankyou Dud and Mel in NZ for the nice comments.
Guest - Feb 02, 2006 01:47 PM EDT
This is beautiful in all its aspects, Alandra, but the comments from some of those you honored in your description make it even more special. But lest you forget - we don't get "older" or more "weather-beaten" - we become more creative and better - like a fine wine!!!!
Guest - Feb 01, 2006 07:12 PM EDT
Truely beautiful.
Guest - Jan 31, 2006 01:05 PM EDT
Nice picture. Come move down south and you have flowers year round but then if your memories are not good down south, we call that old age.
Guest - Jan 30, 2006 03:24 PM EDT
thankyou, dear Sister, Shirlee, your words and thoughts mean the world to me, more than you could know.
Guest - Jan 30, 2006 03:10 PM EDT
This is really lovely and such wonderful words.
Guest - Jan 30, 2006 12:15 PM EDT
A beatiful, touching tribute to my brother and it speaks volumes for the talented, thoughtful wife who has created a wunderful memorial to him by living her life to the best of her ability.
Guest - Jan 30, 2006 10:59 AM EDT
thankyou Dear Nancy, for the beautiful comment!
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 11:29 PM EDT
My Dear Alandra,So beautiful,had to come here to honor John,you are so special to me! Love always Nancy
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 11:28 PM EDT
thanks Fiona and Janice, glad you like it. I know you both understand much about this, having experienced the same sad loss.
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 11:23 PM EDT
A very nice memorial to your ex DH. Very touching and beautiful.
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 08:55 PM EDT
i LOVE this!!!! :)
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 03:26 PM EDT
wanted to add, when I took this pic late last nite at the front door, on returning from walking the little dog, - had no idea about making this tribute to John. It was only after deciding on the title and seeing the photo onscreen, that the idea came to me. I'd taken the camera with me to capture something else on our usual nightly walk, but that didn't turn out the way I'd hoped, so snapped the flowers, as had been meaning to for several days, incase the cold finally gets them. And this is what evolved.
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 03:18 PM EDT
thanks very much, Alex, glad you like it. The flowers are somewhat weather beaten, but then --- so am I : )
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 03:11 PM EDT
WOW!! nice job,thats very pretty.
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 12:21 PM EDT
thankyou very much, Carol and Mary S from Kent, England. Glad you like it. Am hoping the geraniums will survive the entire winter, but it's become colder again lately. they are on our front doorstep
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 10:12 AM EDT
Beautiful!!!Very well done, picture and thoughts, really beautiful. Carol
Guest - Jan 29, 2006 09:42 AM EDT
Wonderful image, words and thoughts.

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