You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord, my God, I will praise You forever.
At first, our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, didn't understand the need for Mimi, her Nonna, to move in with us. The room we give to Mimi has been hers ever since Uncle Giovanni moves out. Oh, how proud Virginia is to have a place of her own at our house!
So in order to accommodate her regular, overnight visits, Papa, aka Danny, orders a special mattress for Virginia so she can spend weekends comfortably sleeping in our bedroom. She is amazingly agreeable to the whole situation. Never complaining. Never asking for the return of "her" room.
Virginia genuinely loves her doting Nonna, and is always quick to listen to her and give her unsolicited hugs, gestures that never fail to make Mimi smile. Our little grand-girl brings so much joy to this wise and wonderful woman, who is willing to acknowledge what privilege her presence has taken away from Virginia, and is determined to make sure she understands that this coveted space will one day be restored to her.
The photo above attests to Virginia's belief in Nonna's promise.
Nonna always said in honesty
To beloved great-grandchild
That in future, the room would be hers
Once again. "I'm only leasing time,
And time, for me, is not forever given."
Virginia hears, believes in words bestowed
Upon her, every hope enveloped
Trusting words of elder filled with truth
For in it all, morning grace arrives
Mourning sackcloth turns to infinite joy.
Danny and I will be heading out this weekend to visit my mother, and then cruise down to St. Simon's, one of Georgia's Golden Isles, to inter Mimi's remains in the plot where her husband, Dan, and her in-laws are buried. As we are close to our 14th wedding anniversary, we will be spending the week on Jekyll Island, a beach rather than a mountain vacation.
The week after that is Virginia's spring break from school, so I will be taking her down to my Mom's for several days. Long story short, I won't be blogging for two weeks because of all these plans. If I don't comment on your blogs during this time, I ask your forgiveness and understanding. I won't forget you, and will continue to keep you in my prayers as always.
Love and blessings!