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I opened them as they arrived, silently slitting the sealed envelopes with the swift glide of a butter knife, easing the card stock and folded notes out, reading the condolences offered and holding the givers close to my heart.

The cards kept coming, from near and from far, Hallmarks and American Greetings, local artists, prayer cards and postcards, encouragement and understanding. There were cards intricately crafted by the sender and personal letters, remembrances and poetry, words from songs and reminders of the past.

They waited for me. For over a month, they waited, each one in turn holding up the most recent arrival, a pillar of paper strength to soothe my soul.

They waited until one fine day, while the sun streamed through the dining room window. The sun warmed the house within and belied the frigid temperatures without. On that fine day, I carried the cards to the table, brewed a cup of English breakfast tea, and sweetened it with the last of my local honey. I gathered my many sad thoughts that crept in as sure as the dust motes visible in the illuminated slant of the sun’s rays, and I set to work.

As I sipped my tea, I savored each message, grateful for family and friends, and I remained in the moment, still and silent, until my eyes caught sight of a box that rested just beyond the door into the living room. The box had been a gift some years ago from my dear friend Sharon, who knows how much I like boxes. This box sat on a small side table and held a few random items. I looked and it beckoned “come pick me up”,  which I did. I lifted the lid, appreciated its charm, and realized that THIS was the perfect container to put the sweet sentiments that I have received since my sister’s passing.

I took my time as I nestled each piece of correspondence into the box, cognizant of the time and attention each sender took in choosing the card, the words, even the postage stamps. I felt a small sense of accomplishment over such a simple task while Angels’ rays continued to dance about in the old, worn dining room where I found  safe harbor at just the right moment on one fine day.

I am doing fine, dear readers. I will take my time with this thing called grief, with tears, of course, but, with laughter as well. I want you to all know that there is one more item that I will put into my box – you. Your comments have meant a great deal to me. I come back to them, read them anew, gather strength from them. I want you to know that I will be printing them out and placing them along with the cards and letters already inside the box and there they will remain with my most sincere gratitude.

 

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