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A Mid-Week Break

 

Today Astrid and I make an unexpected flight back to America for the memorial service of my SIL, Peggy.

Nelson, her husband of 54 years, and elder of my tribe, was just here in January.

All of us were then together in May when we were in Michigan for my 55th high-school reunion.

 

We all know this is the "beginning of the end" for our generation, 8 sibs plus our spouses.

But that's the reality of Life...always with a patch of blue to keep us going!

(Kinderdijk, NL)

 

 

 

A Mid-Week Break

 

Today Astrid and I make an unexpected flight back to America for the memorial service of my SIL, Peggy.

Nelson, her husband of 54 years, and elder of my tribe, was just here in January.

All of us were then together in May when we were in Michigan for my 55th high-school reunion.

 

We all know this is the "beginning of the end" for our generation, 8 sibs plus our spouses.

But that's the reality of Life...always with a patch of blue to keep us going!

(Kinderdijk, NL)

 

 

 

comments (37)

I'm so sorry you have to fly back for such a sad occasion. I'm happy though, that Nelson was able to visit you, and you were able to visit them this year... Love to you all - and safe travels.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth. It's all good, because Peggy was quite sick in her last years. She's now free from pain.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2018, 01:57
Your photograph is a perfect illustration of what personally happens to each of us as time goes on...

Your words connect 'Vision & Verb'.

Sending you all *love & hugs* xx
Ginnie Hart: So beautifully said, Cherry, for which I thank you. We'll now waiting at Schiphol for our flight.
Quelle jolie photo, j'aime beaucoup le ciel. Bon courage !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Martine.
Très beaux ces deux moulins en contre jour et sur fond de ciel bien chargé.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Pascale. I don't have a translator for my iPad but I love your sentiment.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 31 Oct 2018, 06:22
So sorry about this Ginnie

Love the picture..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Chris. It'll be a good, heart-warming trip.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Oct 2018, 06:36
This is a fine, poignant image with your thoughts in your last sentences - life is going on like a windmill, this is also one thought. As I said to Astrid, I read about Peggy and Nelson on your blog "In Soul". Love to you all and safe travels!
Ginnie Hart: I really like the windmill thought, Philine. THank you!!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Oct 2018, 07:06
This is a wonderful picture for the sad occasion, Ginnie. But it shows that there is always a bright spot at the horizon.
Ginnie Hart: We'll said, Astrid, and bedankt!
Perfect picture for that story.
Sad news, all the best.
Ginnie Hart: A tear and a smile, Rob. Thank you.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2018, 07:15
When one is young, you never even think of the death of parents and certainly not siblings. But, io course, over the years, the inevitable happens I accepted the death of my parents but I do still greatly miss my little brother. Thinking of you x
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Alan. We all knew this time would come, with half of us now in our 70's. Our mortality becomes more and more real. But I like when we can see it as "simply" a part of Life.
death is so sad, even tho you said she was unwell... it seems death is such a defeat, sometimes.. tho other times, a blessed relief. have a good visit, sisters
Ginnie Hart: Death is for me "a tear and a smile," Elaine, as you know. It's also very much a part of life that we all must learn to accept, even though it's not easy. I'm so glad Peggy is finally free of all her ailments.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 31 Oct 2018, 07:27
A sad fact, Ginnie. We are the next generation to go now
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Lisl, we are. It's a truth we must all accept with a tear and a smile!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Oct 2018, 07:30
Adorable silhouettes Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. It's always a treat when Kinderdijk gives us such skies.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Oct 2018, 07:37
Good luck on your Chadair flight. I hope the darkness of your picture is not reflecting your mood in the current circumstances Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: The patch of blue is the correct reflection, Chad. Thanks.
Hoe triest
En veel sterkte toegewenst de komende tijs.
Maar mooie foto met lichtpuntje
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Marjolein. It will be a good trip, even with a tear and a smile.
tijd !
Ginnie Hart: Of course. I know your Dutch. smile
Magnifique prise de vue
Les conditions ne sont pas idéales mais ainsi va la vie malheureusement
Bon voyage
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Claudine!
I am sorry to hear of your loss, Ginnie... the beauty of this picture is a fine tribute...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larry. A tear and a smile.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Oct 2018, 08:47
Do I see our Ayush rinding into this scene?
Ginnie Hart: Not this time, Ray, but any other time, yes, I'm sure!
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 31 Oct 2018, 09:19
Un ciel magnifique
JP
Ginnie Hart: Merci, JP.
First what a beautiful picture, just right for this very sad occasion. At least you will be together with your family at this very sad time. I spent Sunday with my oldest friends from school and their wives, we lads are all 74, last time there was four of us, this time only three, your closing sentence sums it all up for our generation.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. We are definitely at that age, making sure we're thankful for each day we're still given!
I totally agree with the sentiments you express so beautifully here, Ginnie. A fitting image to accompany your words. My condolences.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear, Beverly. A tear and a smile!
WOW! gorgeous light and silhouette
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ruthie.
I am so sorry for your loss. We are experiencing that same sense in our lives too.
Ginnie Hart: When you get to our age, Ruthie, you ponder these things in your heart!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Oct 2018, 14:55
The silhouetting has these mills on some tropical island. Sugar cane and paw-paw trees. A great shot to fit the mood.

My mother was one of 11. Her older sister by two is 92 and oldest brother now 99, are who remains. It is like paint - once that layer is removed, then the next layer. Yeah, for the patch of blue.
Ginnie Hart: After the parents are gone, it's left to us to lead the way, in other words! YUP. It really is the way of life.
So sorry for your loss, Ginnie. Keep that patch of blue in sight.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary, and absolutely!
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 31 Oct 2018, 17:16
a suitable shot for this sombre occasion, Ginnie. my condolences to you and your family.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir, on both accounts.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 31 Oct 2018, 18:20
So sorry to hear of your sister-in-law's passing. May she be at peace now after all of that pain. Safe travels to you as well. These windmills make great silhouettes against the dramatic sky!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Steven, on all counts.
Sorry to hear of your loss........safe travels Ginnie! xXx
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Martin, for your condolences!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2018, 23:25
I'm sorry for your loss. Your patch of blue is a lovely metaphor for hope at a sad time.
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Beth, for your sentiment.
I like the heavy atmosphere around these beautiful mills. When the sky is so charged, the light is wonderful
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. Merci.
Wholeheartedly with you and your family
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie. It was a wonderful experience, in spite of the occasion.
My condolences, Ginnie... Have a safe journey...
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Sudipto. The entire trip was wonderful in every way.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 2 Nov 2018, 01:49
very dramatic take on these fine structures
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri! (BTW, how do we get to your photo blog from your web page? I can never figure it out!)
  • Anne
  • France
  • 3 Nov 2018, 10:07
Great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Anne!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2018, 10:59
I'm so sorry for your loss. Many of us now at the top of the ladder at this age. My heart is with you. This image certainly reflects the mood.
Ginnie Hart: We're at that stage in life, Bonnie, when it could be any one of next...which is simply the reality we all need to face, and live our lives accordingly.
  • willy
  • BelgiĆ«
  • 3 Nov 2018, 18:13
sterkte gewenst Ginnie

Kindertijd in alle omstandigheden mooi

greetings
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Willy. Kinderdijk is where I want my ashes spread once I die!
  • willy
  • BelgiĆ«
  • 3 Nov 2018, 18:15
opes Kinderdijk
Ginnie Hart: I know your Dutch, Willy. smile

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