As I end this 30 Day Photo Challenge, I feel like I need to post a picture of someone that is most on my mind these days. Someone I MISS. My friend, Jen, said it perfectly when she said "This is going to be a year of FIRSTS for the family"....and this picture says it all. It will be the FIRST family holiday where both sides of our family gather and Ed won't be with us. I will miss so many things on that day: the care he puts into making his famous Horseradish Beet sauce that we put on our turkey. I'll miss how he and Zofia would tell a story together. But, mostly I'll miss him smiling at me across the table as if he is saying "Good Job, Ashley! Everything looks beautiful!" We love you Ed Fordonski!
Death is nothing at all....I have only slipped away into the next roomI am I and you are youWhatever we were to each other,that we still are
Call me by my old familiar nameSpeak to me in the easy waywhich you you always usedPut no difference in your tone,Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh, as we always laughedat the jokes we enjoyed together.Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.Let my name be ever the household wordthat it always was.Let it be spoken without affect,without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.It is the same that it ever was.There is absolutely unbroken continuityWhy should I be out of mindbecause I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,for an interval,somewhere very near,just around the corner.
All is well.
~Henry Scott Holland