I guess I need to start off a few nights ago when Izzy and her mama came and spent Saturday night with me while the boys were off buying sheep. So while getting ready for bed...In case I haven't said before the Firecracker she is a busy one...yes "BIZZY IZZY"! But in her "busyness"...she heads to one of the closet doors in her Mom's room (well her mom's room at my house...NO I haven't taken over these rooms...I want them for whenever my kids come!! YES HEATHER THAT CHRISTMAS STUFF IN THE CLOSET IS ALL YOURS!! :) Anyway she heads over and opens up the door...another new talent...my doors all have the pull down handles and so she pretty much has free access...okay off track...I'm focusing! I'm focusing!
|Look at them dance...|
Firecracker and Helen!
|Turns out Helen needed to go home |
with Firecracker...they both are sitting
in her car seat!
Well this story brings tears to Helen's daughter as well as granddaughter and so I tell them, "Well my kids had told me that this doll looked possessed....but I am thinking that Helen is filled with love :) Because Izzy walked right over to that closet and Helen fell out and it was love at first sight. We redressed Helen in her clean dress this morning and so cute how Izzy talks to her. And how she waved her hand at her to tell her to stay away from the water...because you know Helen didn't hold on good when Izzy went to give her a drink...So Jody and Becki I am sure you had tears because Izzy and I were spending time with Helen...and I too was taken back to special days and playing dolls but came back quick so I can cherish these and tuck them in my heart! Sometimes "love" pops up in an old wild haired baby with crazy eyes and baggy underwear...and Izzy like Helen...she don't care what she looks like she's a baby and she needs love!!
And so I feel almost like I got a special visit from Aunt Helen...and in doing so some of my heritage is passed on to my granddaughter...my Aunt Helen was one of those that just LOVED. She took in children that others thought might have not been her own...but she knew and they knew....they were hers! Helen's granddaughter had said..."and just sitting here thinking about how Grandma Helen's dolls have made a special place in so many of our lives and so many generations and I have a feeling many more to come..."
And I think of a poem written by Helen's daughter, Jody Young...and the part I loved was the ripples in the water and how those that touch us in such a way of love...we pass on to others and it ripples and ripples...and I think of Aunt Helen's granddaughter's words...and think how I want my granddaughter to feel that for me and so...we "teach the children"! We love you Helen...lyp
|One of Helen's last dolls given to her...|
but the gifts she gives us...
A collection of Jody's poetry in her book "Frozen Moments that are now" can be purchased at https://www.createspace.com/3526242