a valentine story

By: Kirsty

Feb 14 2010

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Category: Daily Photos, little things, people


Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

a rose for my nana

In our family February 14th marks two significant anniversaries. The first is the day my grandfather died – 14th Feb 1947. He died tragically and prematurely when my mother was 13 years old. She was the eldest of three children.

My grandparents were both teachers, and my grandmother continued to teach until she was in her 70’s. She was extremely bright, and was one of a very small number of women who attended Melbourne University back then (over 90 years ago). She taught maths. It was because of her that I had mastered my times tables by the time I was eight. I loved her as much as she loved maths, and at that age would have done just about anything to make her happy.

She was not in the least bit sentimental, though she was very proud of her children and grand-children. This makes the second anniversary even more poignant. My grandmother died on 14th February 1987, exactly 40 years after the death of her husband. She was 86 years old, had been ill for a long time, and most of her friends were gone. By her own admission she was ready to go.

Coincidence or not, she chose a very romantic day to die.

Bless you Nana

2 comments on “a valentine story”

  1. Thank-you for your story. It warms my heart to know that Valentine’s Day is memorialized this way for you. I, for a long time, thought that loss of a loved one on a day such as this ruined subsequent Holidays. I learned from personal experience that it only makes it that much more sweet.

  2. I so agree with you Leslie. It’s not such a terrible thing to remember someone we loved. Though there’s a sense of loss, love is so much more powerful and enduring. How wonderful to have loved at all.

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