My cousin, Lona, whom we lost in November, and her brother had a long-standing Christmas tradition.
Each year, one of their gifts to each other was a wall calendar.
On my first visit to Lona following her gift exchange with her brother last Christmas, she couldn’t wait to show me the calendar he had given her.
Lona nor I were familiar with the artwork of Lesley Harrison, but, looking at this calendar, we were both amazed at her talent. We peeked ahead, and discovered that the photos for several months were of Friesians.
You may recall that sometime within the past couple of years, I discovered the Friesian breed of horses and promptly fell in love.
Lona insisted that I take her calendar, and just buy “any old one” to replace hers. But I couldn’t bring myself to do that.
So, unbeknownst to her, I found one like hers online, ordered it for myself and hung it on the wall beside my desk at our shop.
Lona was a resident in our local convalescent center, and had another regular visitor in addition to myself: our mutual
friend sister, Janet. At the end of each month, either Janet or I would flip the calendar page. On the occasions when I was the page-turner, I’d pretend to not know what picture awaited for the following month .
This was the photo for October: probably our favorite of the entire year.
And, for November, the month Lona died, not a Friesian, but rather this beauty.
Earlier this week, when it came time to take down my calendar for the year, I had so many memories of the smiles this calendar brought to both Lona and me.
I miss her.
~These Days Of Mine~