Monday, November 1, 2010

El Dia de los Muertos

November 1. All Saints Day. The Day of the Dead. At my boys’ school, where Spanish is part of the curriculum, we bring in pictures and other offerings for a day of the dead altar. When I hunt around for photos to bring in I cannot breathe. I think about what it would be like to hang out with my cousin as adults, if she had lived that long. What kind of relationship I would have had with my grandfathers, who I never had the chance to know. So many things, every day, remind me of my grandmother – pretty much every time I see the color purple I think of her. I sometimes still refer to our cats, inadvertently, by the names of our cats who are no longer with us; still here in spirit. I think about those added to our family’s ‘list’ since last year. Another grandparent. A schoolmate of my children’s. A beloved cat. Alexi’s stepfather’s mother. This day I’m reminded of everyone I’ve been privileged to know who is no longer with us. I give thanks for their role on this earth, in my life. I share stories with my family so they'll know, so they might remember, to remind myself. We remember.

9 comments:

KPiep said...

I've always loved that your school celebrates this day. It is a beautiful sentiment, and I believe I'll take a little bit of time this evening to go through some pictures of my own.

Grace said...

such a gorgeous reminder.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Those stories are so important.

Francesca said...

We remember too.

Anonymous said...

Hi from Australia. I've just discovered your blog and I'm loving reading through your archives; your writing and your pics are evocative and reflective and so very beautiful! They always make me stop and think and this post particularly.

Purple Flowers said...

A lovely post about life and reflection.

Sammi said...

I love Dia de los Muertos its the best way to celebrate someone's life once they have passed.

I also love how the all the figurines look very Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jessica said...

I've always loved the idea of this day -- celebrating those who we were gifted to know at some point in their lifetime.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thank you for your thoughts. xoxo