Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo hunt: Sturdy trees

Megan and her husband and some of her children.

I decided sturdy must mean big, strong, tall. What can be more sturdy than the tall trees and structures like cell towers, and poles that support the power lines.

In New Zealand, a strong person is referred to as a tree. A strong sturdy tree like an Oak  or Kauri tree.

So here is Megan, and all the other bereaved mums, strong sturdy trees.

 I wanted to photograph trees to show how tall they are, and my first experiment wasn't too good, because it only showed the branches.

I actually lay right under the tree. There was a car parked near by with some young men. When I downloaded , I had tilted the trees and had to rotate my photos.

I asked for tips and fellow blogger,http://ladyfi.wordpress.com/ advised me to lay down too. So it is not so weird after all.

Not satisfied, I went to take more, but because I was at the main road, I didn't want to lay down. I live and work in this suburb, A kid might tell his parents, "Mum, Dad, that's my teacher." The parents might say," That crazy woman on the ground???" LOL

Two roads meet,
 I couldn't take both,
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference

Adapted Robert Frost.

It's been almost 40 years when I was in High School when I had to do English Literature. I didn't appreciate the course, but I remember Robert Frost. I marvel how wise he was, and how much his insight applied to my life. There had been many cross roads in my life, and by choosing the one less travelled by, my life has indeed been different.
One very significant road that I didn't want to take, led me to be a bereaved mother. It was the most rocky and arduous road, but  it brought me many friends who are bereaved. Our tragedies made us strong and sturdy like trees.

I have written before about my friend Megan Lee. We met under most unusual circumstances, and I took up the challenge to be her friend. When I knew all the terrible things that had happened to her, I wanted to give her a bear hug and cry with her.

This is her blog: http://mysidssons.blogspot.co.nz/  and you will cry buckets. Megan lost 2 children to SIDS and 2 to miscarriage. The fact that she could stand up and take care of her 3 little kids at home is beyond me. Yet, she is doing something for Sands. (Still birth and neonatal deaths)

Megan Lee wrote to Sands,
I'm knitting a blanket for an angel. It's pink, as that is the wool I have, but it's a baby, pretty pink. I will border it in a deeper pink, once I'm finished, but I figure, you will be able to find someone to give it to, once I've finished it. It's not much, but it's something I am good at doing. :)

Ka Pai and paki paki Megan, I love you.

Megan makes the edit:  she made me cry more.
I have, however, six baby angels, not four. I have lost two little boys to SIDS, but I have lost four little ones to three early miscarriages. So, I have six. 



Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ann. It's beautiful, please don't change a thing. I have, however, six baby angels, not four. I have lost two little boys to SIDS, but I have lost four little ones to three early miscarriages. So, I have six. It's not something I would have chosen, if I could have. This journey we are on, is not one I like, nor would I want anyone else to take this trip. But I am here, and doing the very best that I can for the children that I have left. xxxx

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Sorry Megan, I will change it.

Anonymous said...

nice photos ann but overall a sad post :(

MaR said...

Love the perspectives, great shots.
And a moving story...

rainfield61 said...

May I suggest S for Superman?

magiceye said...

beautiful images and a very poignant commentary

eileeninmd said...

You are a wonderful friend. Lovely photos, the trees are my favorite. have a great weekend,Ann!

YTSL said...

Great post. Beautiful thoughts and cool pics.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

A meaningful post~ Those baby angels are important. You found the meaning for sturdy.
I hope to see y'all next Saturday... We will be 'Reflecting' next weekend!
♥ Sandi

TexWisGirl said...

she is a sturdy tree. very sweet post.

(and laying on the ground to get a good photo is great!) :)

EG CameraGirl said...

A sad post, Ann. I'm glad you are sturdy after such sadness.

Ginny Hartzler said...

My heart goes out to Megan, she is so blessed to have you for her friend. Your tree pictures are fantastic, I love them!!! They show the tallness, and the strength. You must be the strongest of oaks by now...

Joe Todd said...

Great photos and I've always been a fan of R. Frost

Vicki said...

I would never have thought to lay down on the ground and look up.

Nice perspectives.


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