June Was Smiling

When my sister, June, passed away a year ago this past summer, we received messages of sympathy from all the folks we’d expect: friends, extended family, June’s former classmates and co-workers.

But her children and I  were surprised to receive emails and Facebook messages from a group of folks that we had never met – nor had June.  She was a member of an online knitting forum, apparently a very close-“knit” group. Many of them mentioned to me in the messages that June had often shared my photos and blog posts with them.

You may recall reading here about Matthew, who is so sweet to use some of my photos as inspiration for his drawings.  Matthew’s mom, Mary, is also a member of that knitting forum.

Following June’s death, one of those from the forum who reached out to me was Angela, who lives in England.  And recently, Angela emailed to say that she would be in my area this month to visit friends. Would I like to meet?  But, of course!

So Monday, Motor Man and I made the half-hour trip to Chesapeake to meet her. Angela was driven by her local friend, Tom, whom we were also happy to meet. (Tom’s wife was busy and not able to join us.) Angela treated us to lunch (thank you!)  and we had a nice visit.


Angela brought me a gift: a sweet little jar of strawberry jam… from … Windsor Castle, which she says isn’t far from where she lives.  (She confided that the queen made it.)


My gift to Angela was a calendar that I had published with my favorite photos from last year.

It meant so much that Angela wanted to meet me during her visit here.  And as we hugged good-bye, I whispered to her that June would be happy.

~These Days Of Mine~

12 responses to “June Was Smiling

  1. So, So Sweet and special. What a wonderful remembrance – past, present, and future. …And the Queen’s own jam 🙂

  2. What a lovely and sweet 😉 thing! It just shows me yet again how often we touch someone else’s life and we may not even realize it. And now you have a new friend from England – so very special.

  3. What a special day. We have been to Windsor Castle.

  4. A sweet story……no doubt June was smiling……I know it meant a lot to both of you to meet.


  5. That is so cool, Dianne. Mama would have been tickled pink. She wad always telling me about the people from the forum as if they were friends she saw every day!

  6. I’d agree …
    A very nice visit ..

  7. June would have been so delighted. She was a sweetheart. I am so glad that you got to meet up with a tea party member.

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    This speaks volumes for June and you, Dianne. You both made a very special impression on this lady that she would want to meet you. It is amazing how you are touching so many people with your blog. The Lord uses our special talents in such special ways. Yes, I agree, June, is smiling from Heaven but so the rest of your Heaven Family. Keep up the wonderful job, sweet lady. ❤

  9. I agree June was smiling and happy. She brought you two together. What a wonderful tribute to share in the joy your sister blessed this world with. 🙂

  10. What a lovely and sweet story and wonderful remembrance dear Dianna !❤️

  11. I’m so glad that you and Angela were able to meet! The Knitting Tea Party is full of wonderful people and your sister June was one of the best. I have to admit, your post made me tear up.. but also made me realize that maybe someday hubby and I will be in your neck of the woods and that we could meet too!!! Thanks for being you Dianne – you are definitely one of the Tea Party!!!!

  12. How sweet!

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