“The people you love become ghosts inside of you, and like this you keep them alive.”
― Rob Montgomery
I sigh as I begin to write today.
This time of year there are always many people meandering through my mind.
Time has not dulled the loss very much. I miss them.
This Thanksgiving I had the idea to light a large votive candle for all those people I missed. As the flame flickered, I visualized each person, thanking them for being in my life.
As the flame burned throughout the day, I felt the presence of those I’d pictured in my mind earlier. The warm light from the candle eased its way into those empty places in my heart, leaving me feeling comforted and very loved.
Thank you, God.
“Mrs. Casey, do you love Christmas?
Well you know, she answered reflectively, Christmas can be a sad time for people too. It’s a remembering time for us older ones. We remember the people who are gone.
Oh, I never thought of that, I told her in surprise.
Well that’s youth for you, she said; you don’t start to look back over your shoulder until there is something to look back at, and around Christmas I tend to think of the Christmases past and the people gone with them.”
― Alice Taylor, An Irish Country Christmas