Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Mrs Edith Barnett 1910 - 2011

A celebration of Gran's life - she can be so very proud of her own little dash.

The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

Gran, always the life and soul.
He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

© 1996 Linda Ellis  http://www.lindaellis.net/

Here's to you Gran, I shall wear the rainbow.   
Anyone whose life you touched will always love and remember you. x


Chris Stovell said...

To your gran, Mrs Edith Barnett, and to her family from just one of the many who read this blog and felt herself to be touched by her life.

Rob-bear said...

Such beautiful words for your Gran.
Blessings and Bear hugs!

Wendé said...

This blog is lovely and a fitting tribute to your lovely Gran, dear friend. I feel your loss and grief, and that of your family too. She was a very special lady and she touched the lives of all who met her and we will not forget her. I have lit a red candle in celebration of her life - don't know why red, but it seemed appropriate somehow. My heart is with you at this time. Bless you all.

Preseli Mags said...

What a wonderful poem and how appropriate. Here's to you, your family and to your Gran who cut quite a dash.

the veg artist said...

So sorry to see this. What a grand age, and to have spent her final years with her family in such a lovely spot. She built a very special family.

Lins' lleisio said...

Dear Chris and Mr Bear, thank you for your lovely words and thoughts. Wende - Mrs B is dressed in red, one of her favourite colours. I wish I had your way with words Mags, thank you. Last but certainly not least, thank you too the veg artist. xxx

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