we went to dinner last night with friends and then to a christmas party in san fran. have i mentioned how much i love going into the city? it really is a great city. it was nice to get all dressed up and have a festive night with new friends.
in this photo i’m wearing the beautiful diamond necklace john proposed with over five years ago. it is one of my most treasured belongings and i keep it hidden in various places around the house (you know, just in case we get robbed). the necklace once belonged to john’s paternal grandma who passed away when he was a child. her name was Lillian Lucille (which just happens to be two of my all time favorite girl names) and from what i’ve been told she was a remarkably strong woman who had a very strong commitment to family (and she had 3 sisters, too). she was a gifted quilter and we are lucky to have several of her quilts today. they are vibrant with colors and patterns and they hold a part of her story, something i respect and hold dear.
the night john proposed, he placed the necklace around my neck and several moments later we noticed a stain on the dress i was wearing. it was like a watermark stain in the perfect shape of a cross and it was positioned on the dress exactly underneath where the diamond pendant rested on my chest. how cool is that? now, we are not deeply religious people. but we both have a very real and deep sense of spiritual interconnectedness. and i definitely believe that the spirits of those who have passed on can communicate with us. it has happened more than once in my own life and it is breathtaking. so, we decided that this was mrs lillian’s way of blessing our engagement. the night was a very special one, but her presence made it more. more special. more meaningful. more goodness.
i have several photos of her. i love vintage family photographs and with the invention of scanners, i have a great collection of them, both from john’s family and my own. here are a couple of old photos of her and her sisters. i LOVE these photos, especially the ones of her fishing (“me too, me too” is all i want to say), and of the younger years, arms around one another, having a good time. interconnectedness. it’s everywhere.