Mommy's Wedding Dress
For many years I carried my Mom's wedding dress with me through many moves. Then, just a couple of months ago I decided that it was time that this fragile wedding dress find a place to show itself, outside of the box in which it had arrived in 1955.
With tears I let the dress go, telling myself that the memories and Love live in my Heart. I looked at it one more time, with tears streaming I asked the Angels to please take this dress to a beautiful home where it would be honored and admired. It went to an antique shop in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.
Like an Angel there it stood
As we turned to the next beautiful display, there stood this ethereal wedding dress. For a moment I just felt a knot in my throat and then without thinking I said to Pam - this is my Mom's wedding dress - I remember the little buttons on the sleeves when I had worn the dress as a child, the softness of the skirt and the delicacy of the lace. Only, now it looked different - Regal and Ethereal. I began to doubt myself and then glanced down and saw the round box it had lived in for 59 years.
Sobs of delight and gratitude, this beautiful dress that belonged to my Gracious and Beautiful Mom had a new home. The Angels had nudged Wilja to bring it to this charming location where, like my mother, it would Grace the space in which it stood. Here to remind us that Life's passage is short and Precious beyond words. And that in all occasions we need to celebrate the passing of our Life Journey.
Thank you Wilja
Thank you Wilja for the gift of bringing my Mom's wedding gown to your beautiful place that she would have just LOVED. May the Spirit of my Mom be in your beautiful venue and May you and all who share memorable experiences in the space at Ouland Royale feel Divine Blessings.
When we Let Go we Receive
I would never have imagined that letting go of my Mom's wedding dress would impact so poignantly in my life. My Dad called my Mom his Queen and it is as if her spirit holds a space of regal dignity at Ouland Royale.
As we move through this Life we gather and accumulate the moments that record memorable events and occasions.
Then there comes a time when we will have to leave these behind as the Soul moves beyond this Realm.
Like markers of Being these precious relics drift into the back of cupboards of our children and loved ones.
There will come a time when someone will need to make the painful decision to disconnect from the possession and agree to hold the Love in the Memory of the Heart and not the dusty box in which they reside.
Great Upheaval, Intense Emotions
After 14 years, my husband, Dad and I found a place to once again call home.
To celebrate our move my Dear Friend Pam took me to lunch at a lovely place that was new to me - Ouland Royale in Plettenberg Bay. As we arrived I could feel a sense of delight and kept remarking to Pam that this place is somewhere that my darling Mom would have loved. The garden was delightful and as we entered the open space, filled with beautiful displays, hats, lamps and art, I again had to say how special this place felt. We glanced at the menu and I had to choose one of my Mom's favorite dishes - Potato Leek Soup, made by the gorgeous owner Wilja Reitz. We sauntered about, playing with the magical hats created by Wilja and all the while I kept feeling my Mom's Spirit.
My Dad, Ted Horn woo'ed my mother with song as this he thought is what one has to do to get the attention of the girl you love, so after watching Mario Lanza sing in the movies he swept my Mom off her feet with his magnificent voice.
I grew up to the sound of my Dad singing and when we lived in Colorado I would phone home and ask Daddy to sing to me. Then one year Teddy did a quick recording of his singing to bring to me as a gift. It is one of my most cherished gifts. I share it with you x
The Perfume of my Mom -
The Journey of our Lives is all about Release - this is the most pivotal aspect of this Life Journey. My Mom helped to open up this awareness - in Life and in her passing. The story of release is a holding theme in Joy's book - A Journey to Remember: Recapturing the Unique Codes of our Magnificence. Available from Amazon.