I have to tell you upfront, that this post arises from this post on the website Wonderings & Wanderings. The question posed in the blog was a line from a Natalie Rosenberg book., “Tell me what you will miss when you die.” This post answers that question..
It seems right to post this on what would have been my brother’s 46th birthday. I am in my 50’s and the inevitability of my death crosses my mind quite regularly. My kids think it morbid, but it think it reality. I mean, there comes a time when we all die. Although there is much that I would miss, there is nothing more than my children and grandchildren, especially, those firsts in their lives that appear suddenly, pass too quickly and are forever etched in my heart. Of course, the list depends on when death occurs, so I chose to there are many more pleasures that we enjoy in this life, that are worth noting. My list, although not exhaustive, follows:
- The sound of wind chimes on a breezy day.
- The sound of boiling hot water as it pours into a cup for hot tea.
- Watching the sun rise from my bed in the morning.
- The birds chirping at the feeder outside of my bedroom window.
- The way that freshly washed and starched cotton sheets feel on your skin.
- The smell of lavender.
- The smell of tuberoses.
- A long, hot bubble bath.
- Singing to the oldies.
- Dancing to the oldies.
- The sound of water running in a stream.
- Watching the deer as they walk through our yard.
- The dark, inky infinite night-time sky, filled with stars and unmarred by lights.
- The color purple.
- The taste of a sweet, juicy watermelon.
- A deep blue sky.
- The unexpected rainbow.
- The sound of rain on a tin roof.
- Nerja, Spain
- A full moon.
- A meadow filled with wild flowers.
- The laugh of a child.
- The excitement brought by a thunder-storm.
- The pealing of church bells.
- The birth of a grandchild.
- The faces of my loved ones and friends.
- The twinkle in D.’s eyes.
- Talking to my daughters about anything and everything.
- The steadfastness of my husband.
- B. calling me Mee-Mom.
- All of the “firsts” that come with grandchildren.
- My potato salad.
- A home cooked meal that I didn’t cook.
- A genuine smile.
- The way a smile lights up a face.
- A full moon.
- The smell of night-blooming jasmine.
- The laughter of children playing in the near distance.
- Driving a convertible with the wind blowing through your hair.
- Walking along a beach.
- An apple jolly rancher candy.
- A banana Now or Later.
- A Grape Kool-Aid Jammer.
- The comfort of knowing that my mother is nearby.
- Baby kittens.
- A purple, orange and pink sunset.
- I love yous.
- The touch of a loved.
- The smell of Red Flower Lavender candles.
- Child perfume.
- My iPhone.
- My computers.
- Playing airplane with your hand outside the car window.
- Making love.
- The smell of freshly baked bread.
- Family dinner.
- Mexican food.
- Chinese food.
- New Orleans.
- The sturdiness of a tree.
- A family dinner.
- A birthday celebration.
- Candle light.
- A room lit by moon light.
- The present moment.
- Moments of inner peace.
- A good book.
- The wonder of music.
- Dancing to anything.
- The joy of giving the perfect present.
- The joy and appreciation of receiving the perfect present.
- The ability to change.
- The ability to forgive.
- To love.
- To be loved.
- The act of forgiveness.
- To be forgiven.
- The sounds of ocean waves breaking on land.
- The desert.
- The perfect pen.
- My journals.
- Purple pens.
- My brother’s blue, pea coat that came to me after his death.
- My brother’s watch that came to me after his death.
- Being a Mom.
- Being a g’mom.
- The flutter of curtains as a breeze moves through the window.
- Watching my children move through life.
- Watching my grandchildren’s importance life moments.
I realize that I can go on forever, but I’ll stop now. What I know for sure is that when I press “publish,” there will be numerous things that I wish that I’d added to the list, but it was time to end.
Tell me what you’ll miss when you die. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
A list full of really beautiful things. I can relate of much of them. It’s to seek in this little magic moments and enjoy every bit of them!
Lydia, So great to think of all that you love and appreciate here and now. I love your list .
I think of my G-ma when you wonder what you will miss when you die, i know that I have missed the love of my G-ma. She was a wonderfully loving woman and she died when i was 18. She never knew that I went to college and was married and that I have two wonderful children. i know she would have been proud of me. i am a believer in eternal life and the bible so i believe what it says that our eyes have not seen or we have not heard of the wonderful things God has prepared for us . I believe my G-ma is happy and at peace. It also says there is no more sorrow and no more pain. I like to think she is there looking out for me and the family and watching over us till we one day join her.
Your comment brought tears to my eyes, as just today, I journaled much the same thing. My thoughts were about my baby brother who died in 1997. Today is his birthday. He was so young when he died and over the years, he has missed so much. Like you, I firmly believe that he, and all my loved one, are in heaven watching and protecting us as we walk through life. Still, I miss him and often long to share something with him. Thank you for sharing. your g’ma sounds like a special person. Both of us are blessed to have them for as long as we did. (That seems like an awkward sentence. :)) Anyway, your comments are even more meaningful because most of my grandchildren call me G’Ma! I appreciate you so much. Blessings, Lydia.
I love this list so much and this has been something on my mind lately because Sunday was the anniversary of my Mother’s death. It really is so important to notice the fine details of life. Thanks for sharing – this has inspired me to write a similar post in response so I will let you know and link through when I have done this. Have a beautiful day
such a great list. thanks for sharing. xo