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Happy Birthday! October 08, 2005 11:56 AM

Dear Novella,

Best wishes!  All the best always,

Giuliana and the whole group!

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Me, too October 08, 2005 12:01 PM

You're probably glad you cannot hear me singing.....

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 October 08, 2005 9:28 PM

thank you Guiliana and Tim!  this is the year that I have reclaimed my birthday.  My birthday also marks the day that Jenny crossed over...three years ago.  This year I decided and realized that I can celebrate, and still honor her, in fact, now we share a deep and meaningful day. 

I began the day with setting the altar with her picture, lit candles that have burned all day, and placed colorful fall leaves, pinecones, and mementos of her.  My sweet daughter came home from a shopping trip with Jen's favorite candy which went on the altar!  My cake had a special candle on it just for her which got blown out with my birthday candles.  I felt her close to me all day, and felt her happiness in the celebrations.  I am happy to be reclaiming my birthday, and know that she has missed having the parties with me.


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Happy Birthday Novella! October 09, 2005 12:27 AM

Happy Birthday Novella! With much love and admiration your way and wishes for an unexpected kindness to find its way to you. ---ginger  [ send green star]
New Orleans tradition October 09, 2005 4:44 PM

Novella, I'm glad you reclaimed your birthday.  As a major lover of New Orleans and its culture, when our daughter died, I was determined to have her service and afterwards be a "New Orleans funeral".  That is where the band and the attendees mourn the loss of the loved one on the way to the cemetery - slow, murnful renditions of songs such as "Saints".  Then, after the interment, the band breaks into more spirited music like "Didn't He Ramble" and the folks celebrate life.  (I didn't have the money for a band, but the music reflected this spirit.  When folks came over to the house afterward, there was lively, spirited music playing.)  Mourn for th eliving, since they are now deprived of the loved ones physical presence, but then celebrate life itself and, if it is in your belief system, the promise you will see them again...I still miss Laurel terribly, but would not change one bit of the New Orleans tradition I used with her passing.  [ send green star]
 October 13, 2005 4:23 PM

Tim, thank you for sharing the New Orleans information.  I have read about this, and seen bits of a New Orleans funeral procession on tv.  what a glorious affirmation of a loved one's life and spirit. 


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