October 18, 2017

Cherished Blogfest 2017 #CBF17


Thank you for the extended Cherished blogfest – I was happy to see this invitation in my inbox, from Dan Antion, and was glad to make a post and connect with so many other bloggers who are inspiring through their posts. This post is part of the Cherished Blogfest, that is hosted by  Damyanti BiswasDan AntionCheryl Pennington,  Peter NenaSharukh Bamboat, Mary Giese, and Kate PowellPaul Ruddockit is open to anyone who wants to tell the world about something or someone they cherish. If you want to join us, click here. The blogfest is open until Midnight Sunday.


I cherish this lovely laminated card made by my daughter Maria Dorothy when she was just 12 years old and presented to me on my birthday in the year 2013.  Since then I have hid this in my files and whenever I feel like looking at this J I take this out from my files and keep smiling at this lovely gift.

I admire the effort she took in picking up different photos from our family album, and with great excitement brought a cake and celebrated my birthday, which brought tears to my eyes. I never expected my little daughter to have grown up so fast and to take this initiative of making me happy.

The year 2013 was a time I was just recovering from the loss of my son Mario Emmanuel who passed away at the age of 7 in  January 2011. A difficult feeling to deal with – grief…  and for one whole year I took up swimming in the campus everyday in all seasons beginning from summer, rainy, winter and then continued to beat my depression.  I was still in the process of getting healed as my son occupied the centre of my life and to lose him suddenly was shocking and the least expected.

In view of which I did not celebrate my birthday the consecutive years – and like a fresh breeze in my life my daughter who was in class 5 at the time of his death, held me and looking at her innocent face and her sweet smile I fought with myself to let go of my painful memories of my son and move on, in order to do justice for her existence in our lives.

“Tears which last a lifetime speak for the most cherished memories made.”

My daughter was a constant reminder for me to live in the moment, responding to her needs helped me cope with the most difficult phase of my life. I found that she was also missing her brother and struggling to deal with his absence – probably her way of distracting herself was to immerse in coloring and creatively working on the computer and creating this beautiful card.

This card brought a smile on my face and turned my grief into gratitude.

Thank you for reading my post and would love to connect with you all and would love to know what is the favorite object you cherish.

Be Blessed and Be happy !!


18 comments:

  1. What a thoughtful gift from your daughter, I can see why it remains cherished. I'm so sorry to read about your son. I can't imagine having to endure that pain. Your daughter seems very special.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story as part of the Cherished Blogfest.

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    1. Thank you for welcoming me and sending information with regard to the Blogfest, it did make a lot of difference, appreciate you for your kind words and I am glad I could write this post.

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  2. What a beautiful card Genevive from your daughter! It must bring a smile every time you look at it. To be cherished for sure ... thank you for sharing this xx

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    1. Yes Susan:) the card is laminated to ensure that there is no damage of any kind... it warms my heart and I feel so happy and grateful for her healing presence..

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  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. It is heartwrenching and heartwarming at the same time. Your young daughter was very wise. Your courage is very moving.

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    1. Appreciate your kind words, and thank you for being here:)

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  4. The card is lovely in and of itself, but to have such precious memories attached to it makes it even more wonderful. I can understand why you cherish it like you do.

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    1. Thank you for connecting with me, I feel encouraged to share and value your presence here, blessings to you..

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  5. Thanks for sharing your cherished memory :-)

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    1. you are welcome and I appreciate your comment.

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  6. This is a beautiful post in homage to both your thoughtful daughter and little boy. I admire your daughter's sensitivity and how she knew what gift would make you feel happy. I understand why this card and moment are cherished treasures.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment - and yes am glad for the gift of both my girl and my boy too... my boy left me with some very lovable and memorable moments which sometimes is painful, but my daughter's presence is comforting.

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  7. Your story brought tears to my eyes, but in a good way. I'm so sorry you had to go through the loss of your son, but glad that you have found peace and happiness in your daughter and in the heartfelt card she made for you. There is always a happy story that comes from tragedy and I'm grateful that you shared yours for Cherished Blogfest.

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    1. Thank you for being here; your words of warmth and comfort made me smile and I do appreciate you for kind thoughts and happy to have connected with you here, wishing you blessings:)

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  8. Its a beautiful memory..I am sorry for the loss. More power to you and your Family. Your daughter is a lovely gift.

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  9. Thanks Upasana for being here:) yes its a beautiful memory to cherish and I am blessed to have my daughter in my life ..

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  10. I am sorry to hear about your son, but I believe life is all about ups and downs. I am glad to hear that your loving daughter has strengthened your hope and beliefs and help you fight the challenges of life. Thank you for participating in the Cherished Blogfest 2017.

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    1. Appreciate you for your encouraging words, true agree that life is all up and downs.... and its in those moments I found my strength in my little girl to deal with my challenges, I am happy to be part of this Blogfest 2017, thank you for being here:)

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