My beloved sister Iris died on May 28th, 2004, and this starts the beginning of the period each year that represents incalculable suffering, inexplicable unfairness, tragedy that has wrought its massive destruction of so many good, loved members of my family, who deserved so very much better than they received in life and death.
It always begins on this calendar date, May 28th as a not really necessary reminder, each year at this time.
I need not be told that it is here, since the pain is an always present bleeding part of me, all the time, all year round, but becomes insidiously unbearable as of this date, and in the next few months, every year, imploding beyond that which I can even feel as a human being.
I painfully miss & mourn those of my immediate family who have died, enveloping my entire being, more so than at any other time, as each year passes.
I planted those purple Iris flowers pictured above in the garden out front of my house when my sister Iris died.
Each year I take new pictures as they spring to life and insert them on this blog in memory of my sister.
I liked the idea that they are perennials, returning every year, flowering in all their beauty, now looking so alive on another anniversary today of the day she died, after a courageous, painful battle to live.
We do that a lot in my family, fighting to live life to the fullest, and when our time comes, refusing to let go until our last precious breath. They call our family fighters, survivors, and that is what we do in both living our happiness as a gift never to be taken for granted, and the darkness which is part of remembering.
Iris was a unique and compassionate person who quietly touched everyone she met with her kindness and strength.
Iris is missed by all of us who loved her. We will never forget her beautiful smile.
My sister Iris was full of life, insightful, quiet, brave,
loyal, sagely wise, and then she was gone forever, horribly, excruciatingly painfully, and irrevocably.
She deserved so much better in her short time on this earth but it was not to be.
Iris, my sister, a gift to me in life, was more beautiful in a million ways than these magnificent flowers.
I will miss you forever my dear sister Iris, but most of all I will always miss your caring love.
I love you.
Love, Your little brother- Jerry.