10/05/2013

Swan Song...

My father goes to my mothers gravesite on Sundays after church. This particular Sunday, my brother, husband and I were visiting so after church and before breakfast we went to "sit" with my mother. Honestly this was difficult for me but it must have been therapeutic for my dad so I wanted to support him in his mourning.

As we were sitting, laughing, praying, crying, reminiscing we could see the swans that live in the cemetery's pond off in the distance.  As our conversations grew and the time passed, one swan "waddled" closer and closer to us. I wish you could really visualize just how far away from us the pond was and how far the swan had to walk.

Granted we all grew a little nervous. We all plotted on how we would get this swan away from us or what we would do if it got any closer. The swan got closer and closer. Unfazed that the four of us were sitting there, staring. The swan continued, getting closer and closer. 

The swan then approached my mothers headstone, stopped at the head of the grave and relaxed. The swan completely rested in the grass. We couldn't do anything but calm down and stare in amazement.  As we continued our conversation the swan would turn its head to whomever was speaking at the time.

Thanks to google, I immediately googled what was the symbolism and significance  of a white swan.  This is what I found: 

Love
Grace
Union
Purity 
Beauty
Dream
Patience
Elegance 
Partnership
Transformation

The swan may also bear messages of love and relationships. They pair for years, sometimes male-female unions are sustained for a lifetime. When the swan glides upon the waters of our awareness, it might be a symbol of love, and a reminder of the blessings found in our relationships.

It was clear that the swan was MY MOM! My mom possessed all those qualities and more. The love that my mom and dad shared will be sustained for years. She was elegant, graceful, patient and full of love. My mom always lets me know that she is near. This could also be seen as my mothers "swan song," her final "public appearance."  My mother was our balance, she was our peace. In this moment, although overwhelmed with emotion, I was grateful that she is keeping her promise of always being with me.





9 comments :

  1. wow stacy thats crazy and amazing at the same time... you are truly an inspiration... your school is truly blessed to have you...

    Porschia

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    1. Thank you so much Porschia!!! I really appreciate it!!!

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  2. Aww that was so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! That made me tear up a bit!

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  3. I have no words for this post. Our family truly is always with us even when they leave this life.

    Today, that sunset brought me to tears. I can't even explain it. Sometimes you just have to stop to take in these types of moments and truly appreciate them...

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  4. I immediately knew it was her. :)

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