The plant Sweet Cicely, is a central European plant mainly, so those of you over the pond will have to bear with me and use your imaginations.
"This old cottage garden perennial was traditionally grown near the kitchen door, where its prettily divided fern-like leaves were at hand for sweetening tart fruit. It is airy and graceful in appearance, and yet able to shrug off cold weather and start to grow right at the end of winter. The flowers open early in the year too, and are some of the first available for nectar-loving insects. Cutting down the exhausted flower stems encourages more young growth, but they may be left to ripen the seeds which are used whole in fruit dishes or ground as a spice."
From BBC Gardening
As beautiful as the plant is though, whenever I think of Cicely, it's not the plant I think of but my nan. My father's mother.
|A nan squidge! (Yes, I did have very big glasses and a tie dye shellsuit...what of it?)|
|Us outside my nan's house, I think my younger sister is taking the photo.|
Sometimes she'd come over on her scooter to our house and sit in tents and play with us. Sometimes I think she enjoyed it more than we did.
If there's one thing for certain, Nanny Cross was a leather jacket wearing, tree climbing, cubby hole hiding, pocket money giving, really rather naughty but cool nan!
And this morning she passed away.
|I won't even tell you what she was doing here, it was naughty!!|
Last night came the phone call that she was not likely to last the night, her breathing was very shallow, there was little eye movement and she was nearing the end of her time on earth with us.
Although we'd been warned and prepared it was like a shot through the heart. We prayed as soon as we got the call that God would send his angels to be visibly present with her, that they would guide her through the process of going to Heaven and that she wouldn't be scared. My nan was a Christian, she trusted God and she knew where she was going, now we wanted to make that as peaceful as possible. I emailed only one friend to ask for prayers of comfort and support.
Generally Dus and I are very private people, we're not likely to tell anyone on facebook, we're unlikely to discuss with anyone outside of the family, but I knew I needed support and the one friend I emailed responded so perfectly that I felt shored up by her love and her prayers. Bearing in mind this is a lady I've never met, she lives in Florida and yet she was so willing to offer me the comfort I needed. Thank you Tammie.
My dad drove down to Luton after his shift at work finished and arrived at about 2am. Sweet, sweet Cicely Cross passed away just after 7am.
Soon it will be time to say our goodbyes, to make the 4.5 hour trip again to be by her side as we celebrate the life she had, all that she means to us and the love that we have for her. Until then, your prayers of comfort and peace would be appreciated for my dad, my Auntie Sue (she hates being called Auntie Sue!), my Uncle Peter and my Uncle Bob.