Thursday, June 24, 2010

You're Never Too Old for a Teddy Bear


If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, then you've seen the photo at the very bottom of my blog of a stunning blue tree I saw in Chicago. I saw it and photographed it about 15 minutes before meeting my aunt Maureen at the bottom of the Hancock Tower. She greeted me with the softest white teddy bear and asked me: "are you too old for your aunt to bring you a bear?"

I wasn't. :) He's been a permanent resident of my studio since that trip.

I carried him to lunch at the top of the Sears Tower, and to the Bean, and through all the beautiful places she took me that day, explaining the history of this and that in a way that only someone who loved art and loved Chicago like this woman did could do.

She found me the rabbits in Millenium park and then turned around to point out the larger than life, big, important building that her husband worked in.

She was silly, beautiful, serious and fun. She wore insanely cute shoes that were inappropriate for the occasion, just like I do. She was irreverent when it was hilarious, and reverent when you least expected it.

She. Loved. Animals.

She's gone now.

But I think you will see a few things here you will love and understand. She was loved. She was beautiful. She wore great shoes. What more can a girl ask?
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  1. Dear Lydia, so sorry for you and your loss. It seems an important person has left your life.
    And yes, you are right, I would have loved her, too. But then, who would not, from what you tell us.
    Keep her in your heart and your memory as the one who taught you it is alright to be silly even after we've grown out of being Wendy and Peter Pan.

  2. What a great tribute to her. Love the photos...can I have her puppy? LOVE THAT DOG (sorry, randomness...SQUIRREL!)
    How courageous her battle with breast cancer. And so young.

    Lots and lots of {{{{hugs}}}}

    Love you!

  3. Lydia,

    You can tell from your photos and stories that your Aunt Maureen was a wonderfully special lady. I am so sorry for your loss, but know that you have precious memories of her that will no doubt make you laugh and cry, and feel blessed that she was a part of your life.

    Big hugs, sweet friend!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt, Lydia. Breast cancer is terrible. I also lost my aunt in New Mexico a few weeks ago to this disease. My mom and family are devastated.

    I loved your tribute to your aunt. Here's to great shoes!

  5. I'm so sorry Lydia. What a beautiful tribute.

  6. So sorry. What a lovely tribute. xo

  7. What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful and incredibly loved woman.

    I am so incredibly and deeply sorry for your loss. Those may just sound like words at this time, but please know that I will be keeping her (and the rest of your family) in my prayers.

    My heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of the people whose lives she touched.


  8. Beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hug that teddy bear.

  9. She will always be with you in your heart my friend!! Keep your chin up. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne PS Buy a new pair of shoes in her memory. :o)

  10. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Hug that teddy bear and remember the good times you shared.

    And buy some fabulous shoes in her memory.


  11. vicki rochester nyJune 25, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a very special person.

  12. Lydia, I'm so sorry to hear yet another wonderful woman has been taken from this world by breast cancer.

    Your photo montage is wonderful; you can tell she brought joy with her every where she went. I hope you remember her joy during the tough days ahead and carry it with you your entire life.


  13. Lydia,
    What a joy to have had someone like your Aunt in your life. Remember the good times.
    My sister-in-law is fighting her second battle with this disease right now, my friend's mum died this week and so many others are devastated by it.
    Thinking of you and your family (((hugs)))

  14. {{Lydia}} So sorry, sweetie... beautiful post.

  15. Lydia, I'm am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Aunt. Sounds like she was a very special person....What you wrote about her was so wonderful....My heart goes out to you and your family...

  16. This is a lovely tribute to what sounds like an incredible lady...I'm sorry for this loss to you, your family and everyone who knew or didn't get a chance to know her.

  17. Lydia,
    The tribute to your aunt is splendid. I am so very sorry for your loss - Earth is definitely a lesser place without Aunt Maureen.
    Hugs to you - and I think I am going to buy an insanely sute pair of shoes in her honor, too.

  18. Oh Lydia, I am so sorry for your loss. The happy memories that you have are wonderful. Blessings to you and your family.



  19. What a beautiful way to remember someone who was obviously loved dearly. Sorry for your loss.


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