Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mom's Viewing and Interment

Today was my mom's private viewing and interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery.  It still doesn't seem quite real that she's gone.

As I was sorting through her things I found a bundle of letters my dad had written to her when he was stationed overseas during World War II.  I invaded their privacy and read one letter [well...actually two!].  He told her how he couldn't wait for the war to end so he could hold her in his arms again...that he knew how difficult it was for her being alone with two small children...and that he was going to make it up to her when he got back home by getting them a new little house [which he did!].  

She saved the letters for 69 years, so it just seemed fitting that she should be buried with them, still bound with the blue satin, time-stained ribbon.

Her interment is in the same grave as my dad's. [He's on the bottom since he passed first, and she'll be on top.]

Later in the afternoon when I returned home, a beautiful teacup floral arrangement was delivered from my girlfriend and her family.  Thanks, Sandy!  My mother's middle name was Rose, so the arrangement of roses was very appropriate.

Some family members are out-of-town until next week, so a Memorial Service will be held for my mom on August 27th.  Below is a photo of three of my grandchildren who were present at today's viewing.  Their great-nana would have been so pleased they were there.

[L-R:  Brandon, Tiffany, and Marissa - my daughter's children]

Monday, August 18, 2014

In the Presence of Jesus

My mom went to be with Jesus last night at 11:50.

Alice Rose Sullivan Bowman
October 11, 1921 - August 17, 2014

"While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee."

Rest in peace, Mom!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Compassionate Granddaughter

I borrowed a photo my granddaughter, Tiffany, posted on her Facebook page yesterday when she completed her last day of clinicals, and finished another semester of nursing. I'm very proud of her.  Like her mother [my daughter, who also works in  health care], she has a very compassionate heart, and will make a wonderful nurse.  Tiff's been so sweet to her "Great Nana," especially during these last days of her life, and she's written a beautiful poem about my mother's hands to read at the memorial service when the time comes.  

As an update on my mom, the hospice nurse said she will likely make it through today, but there are signs she could go to be with Jesus tomorrow.

[Tiffany is the first one on the left.]

Below is a photo of Tiffany and my mom taken at the December 2013 Christmas tea at my church.  It's Tiffany's current Facebook profile picture.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunflowers and Tea

I love sunflowers!  They're my favorite flower because of their cheerfulness.   Yesterday the florist delivered a beautiful bouquet containing six of them to brighten my day.   Thank you for your thoughtfulness Paul, Ruth and girls! 

About the only thing that could make sunflowers better, is a cup of soothing tea to accompany them.  Now I'm ready to face another day as the unknown begins to unfold.  My mother continues to cling to life.  It's a week today since she went into Hospice care.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tea Cards and an Update

A tea-themed card is always uplifting, and I've received two recently that I'm sharing while giving an update on my mother. 

The Hospice nurse said yesterday that she will be going to her eternal home very soon - maybe even today.  To those of you who have sent messages of comfort and concern, they have been greatly appreciated.  

When life returns to normal I will resume blogging on a regular basis, but until then I know you understand.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Reflection...

The poem below is one my mother's favorites, and it seemed appropriate to share it today. I found the stained tract when I was sorting through her things.  She has been in Hospice Care since Thursday, and we're just waiting for our Heavenly Father to take her to her eternal home.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."  Romans 8:28

May God bless your week!

Friday, August 8, 2014

75th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind

I love the classic, blockbuster movie, Gone With the Wind, and have written five posts about it [three are from the theme tea I hosted in 2013].  

I recently acquired two Gone With the Wind books, and one commemorative magazine.

When I was in Chattanooga, TN this past June, I saw a 1936 hardcover edition of the novel in an antique store for $15.  I almost bought it, but decided to wait until I got home and order a copy from instead.  The 1,037 page book arrived a couple of weeks ago.  I've been taking it to the hospital to read while I sit at my mother's bedside.  What a talented writer Margaret Mitchell was. She descriptively brings all the characters to life in one's imagination.

The second book is a Gone With the Wind cookbook inspired by the motion picture.  It includes recipes for Tara Pork Scramble; Gerald O'Hara's Ham Steak; Mammy's Shrimp Cakes and Creole Rice; Melanie's Shirred Eggs with Ham and Popovers;  Aunt Pittypat's Cream Scones, and so much more.  I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes.

The 75th Commemorative Magazine is chock full of interesting trivia.  I read it from cover to cover one afternoon at the hospital.  There's a full page advertisement for Scarlett Letters, a book scheduled to be released in October 2014.  It's a collection of Margaret Mitchell's letters pertaining to the 1939 movie.  Also recently published this year is The Complete Gone With the Wind Trivia Book.  I'll definitely be purchasing both books.

Margaret Mitchell began writing the novel while she was recovering from a broken ankle. Her husband bought her a typewriter and suggested she write her own book to keep occupied because he was tired of lugging armloads of books home from the library.  The book took 10 years to complete and she wrote the last chapter first.  It was her only published novel, although she wrote several articles for the Atlanta Journal.

She died at age 49 when she was hit by a speeding car as she crossed Peachtree Street at 13th Street in Atlanta.

Tea in Texas magazine advertised a celebration for the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind at the Civil War Museum in Fort Worth this year. Scarlett's green velvet hat is on permanent display there.  I love the how they used the three beginning words of Rhett Butler's famous last line at the top of their invitation: "Frankly My Dear, You Won't Want to Miss It!" I've got to use that phrase on my invitations the next time I have a Gone With the Wind tea party.

[Photo courtesy of Tea in Texas Magazine]

The former J.L. Hudson department store in Detroit, MI had a circulating library on the Mezzanine floor which was very popular, even though a branch of the Detroit Public Library was located just across the street.  I found it interesting that Gone With the Wind held the record for the largest circulated book in the library's history.

In the book, Hudson's Hub of America's Heartland, author Jean Pitrone stated:  "By 1936 Detroiters looked forward to a continuing pattern of economic recovery.  At Hudson's women flocked back to the Beauty Shop to get $5.00 permanents, then stopped at the Books and Magazines Department to buy copies of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.  They lingered at lunchtime in one or another of Hudson's five restaurants where they talked of "Scarlett and Rhett" and of King Edward VIII, the popular former Prince of Wales, and his well publicized love affair with an American woman - Wallis Simpson."

I don't own any Gone With the Wind tea accessories, but I found pictures of two Franklin Mint teapots on the Internet.

[1994 Franklin Mint]

[1998 Franklin Mint  - Scarlett in her BBQ dress]

A "Scarlett O'Hara Sweet as Sugar" Hamilton Collection teacup.  There are six in the collection.

Happy 75th Anniversary Gone With the Wind.  Long may you live!