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In Remembrance by Bon-AppetEats In Remembrance by Bon-AppetEats

This is a really personal gift I made for my late great grandmother who passed away this Sunday. Her funeral was today and I wanted to send something with her.

The basket contains three things she loved to grow most: roses, strawberries, and guava. She kept a really beautiful rose garden when we lived in California. They all bloomed at once and the smell was heavenly. No one could grow bigger or more beautiful roses than her. Even when we moved to Florida she managed to get a rose garden up and going. Strawberries were her favorite fruit, even if she never got them to grow properly down here. She did have a couple of guava trees, though. Every year we'd get jars and jars of guava preserves or cascos de guayaba (generously served with a large slab of cream cheese, of course).

I never had a chance to show her what I was up to. By the time I had gotten into miniature making, she no longer knew who I was, nor really could focus on much of anything. Her days consisted of being moved from her bed, to a recliner, to her bed again. I like to think she would have been interested in all of this. I know she would have been supportive.

That's why this one had to be perfect. I couldn't give her anything less. I guess it was sort of an apology for not being there all that often and for skipping the one final chance I had to see her before she passed. It's really hard knowing I could have been there but that I got a case of cold feet and just didn't show up.

But I was there today to say goodbye, even if it was really hard. She raised me from when I was a baby up until her mind started to go about 4 years ago. I at least owed it to her to come see her off.

I am extremely appreciative and touched by the waves of support I have received from you all. It's so easy to decide that you hate the world and can't stand the people in it. Then you receive overwhelming amounts of love and decide it isn't all so bad. Again, thank you for the well wishes and love. It's very much appreciated. You're all really great and special people. <3
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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful.
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AmbiguousPolygon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so very sorry for your loss. This is an absolutely beautiful piece you've done for her. 
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Misty-Midnight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't beat yourself up about things you can't change. My mom passed away when I was 14, and I did and said things that I regret, but I can't change any of it. I know she knew I loved her, and I'm sure your grandmother knew too. It really is a beautiful piece, and the strawberry leaves are just right :) The roses look absolutely beautiful too :D
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XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful! Sorry for your loss :/
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emiko-chan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
A perfect tribute to your grandmother. She would be so touched and proud of you and your amazing work.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Jackie!  I've only just seen this, and your words.  Truly, that little basket, the roses and the fruit *are* perfect!  And I'm sure that your Great Grandmother can see them now, and know the love and respect that you poured into your work, and know of the love behind the work.

You know - I chickened out of many visits towards the end of my grandparents lives.  My Grandfather meant everything to me.  He emotionally saved me from an otherwise loveless childhood, yet I couldn't go and see him as he deteriorated.  He had to be my strong Grandad in my memories.  I just wanted to remember him as he was in life and health!  I didn't even go to his funeral - I held a private but meaningful remembrance, alone, while everyone else was there.  I know for certain, as nearly 10 years have passed, that he is as alive in my heart today as he ever was.  I will always love him and I will always feel his love towards me.  I hope you can reach that place too if you haven't already.  Huge love to you Jackie :iconpenguinsnuggleplz:
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jesterdoll45 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. I'm very sorry for your loss. 
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful.
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Sparky-Sumi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013

I'm very sorry for your loss, and I am sure she would have loved these. This is absolutely stunning :heart:

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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist
;__; I'm sorry for your loss... this is a beautiful memoir for her... <3
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