Thursday, October 24, 2013

Alex's stone

Here it is, after 2 long years. The stone was set just two days before Alex's 17th birthday. On the back is our surname along with parent's and sibling's names. I was so overcome with emotion that I just bawled for ....who knows how long.
The elements of the stone have a lot of signifigance. The little stone panda on the left was carved in China. Then a friend from Hong Kong went to China to bring it to H.K. My husband's brother-in-law brought it from H.K. to Canada. My sister-in-law brought it from Canada to Washington. My daughter brought it from Washington to Montana. Alex loved pandas, so there had to be a panda on his stone. The guitar is an exact representation of his favorite electric. The song on the right was written by Alex. He recorded it on the computer and we were able to play it at his service. The checkerboard pattern was a favorite and he always wore a checkerd belt. He was buried wearing that belt. The sharp slant on the top looks like a skateboard ramp. He was an avid skater. Finally the color scheme of black and white is so very Alex. The panda is black and white, he loved to wear black and white, so it was natural to choose that scheme. I've blurred the surname for privacy reasons. The flowers in this photo were put there by his friend. I've added a different arrangement to the vase, for now. As hard as it is, I'm so glad that its finally done.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

High Time for an Update

In September I had the pleasure of both a phone call and a skype call from the cousins in Sweden. The phone call was very emotional for me and I was weepy through most of it but we talked for about an hour and it was a lovely exchange for both of us. At the end of the month, I was at Camp Scrappy and we had a Skype call on Saturday morning. The best part was Molly was there to join in. We laughed and joked around and answered a few family history questions and just had a wonderful time. Technology is the most amazing thing ever.