"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Sunday, July 15, 2012


My tiny slice of paradise...

"And I know you're shining down on me from heaven...
And I know eventually we'll be together one sweet day.
Eventually I'll see you in heaven."

It's early morning.

A few years ago, when Mr. Gorgeous asked me what I wanted for my birthday, it was a very difficult question to answer. Mr. Gorgeous has always given me the most important things: his love, passion, loyalty, laughter, adventure, unwavering support, three fantabulous children and a great life. Then it came to me - I wanted to celebrate my birthday week with a family getaway to a tiny beach, close to home: no where to be, no schedule - just...us. That's where we are now - and why I'm not regularly posting [sheepish grin]. 

My sister Rory (right) and I - circa 1970s

And while it's glorious to spend time with the fam on the beach, my birthday is always bittersweet. My sister's birthday is 15 July - today. Our birthdays are 12 months and 4 days apart. We always celebrated our birthdays together. And since she's passed away (1994) my birthdays have never been the same. A piece of my heart, a piece of my soul is...missing. So, on this day, every year, Mr. Gorgeous keeps the kids, I set a chair, umbrella, tiny table and a champagne bucket (filled with a bottle of Veuve, of course ;-} and spend a few hours on the beach  - remembering, crying, missing.

My 3 [left to right: Never (7), Sage (9), Rory (10)]

I don't know how my Fantastic Four know when but, just when my grief, pain and despair are the greatest, they come down to the beach, hug me, love me. I see my sister - RORY - in each of my children: their laughter, innocence and joy. It's a blessing that I'll cherish forever.  

"Eventually I'll see you in heaven." Happy Birthday sis, I miss you. Right about now, my sister would tell me to get on with it already! So, I will...

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!



  1. What a beautiful post! May God hold your Fantastic Four and you in the palm of His hand until you are reunited with your sister and all your loved ones in His presence.

    You have a most spectacular blog and I never miss it!

  2. Hello Patricia,

    Thank you for the beautiful blessing - I am grateful. My Fantastic Four and I send you the same.

    I'm glad that you like my 'little blog that could.' It's a labour of love. But the best part is that I get to meet such wonderful people.

    Be well...


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