A Bittersweet Find

A discovery was made at our shop yesterday; where and by whom is inconsequential. It was a piece of mail, addressed to me and dated June 1, 2012.

I recognized the handwriting immediately. My first impulse was to turn the envelope over to see if it had been opened. It had not; it was tightly sealed.

Inside was a birthday card from my sister, June.

Those of you who know me and/or are familiar with my blog know that June passed away July 25, 2015.  I was born when she was 16, so the front of the card brings to mind pictures taken of us when she was a teenager and I was a little girl. I wonder if that’s why she selected this design?   And I know when she saw the beach scene, she was reminded of the love Motor Man and I have for the Outer Banks.


 And the inside, with her “signature” closing…. love & love.


Yes, it was a bittersweet moment, discovering this card.

Sweet in so many ways, but it saddens me that, obviously, I never thanked her for it.

~These Days Of Mine~

20 responses to “A Bittersweet Find

  1. Such an incredibly moving moment! From what I know about you and your sister’s sweet, loving relationship I don’t think you should have any sadness over not thanking her for it. She knows how much you love it. I really believe this was gift. Incredibly special, Dianna… makes me teary. But I’m smiling too… so sweet. Love you posting the inside text with her signature… teary again!

  2. What beautiful, special card in so many ways – everything that you mentioned is true! I really miss June’s wonderful, witty and wise comments that she always made on your blog. This was definitely a treasure find. The only thing that could have made it better was to discover it on your actual birthday:) And I also understand your sad feeling of not being able to thank her. But I have the hope that you’ll see her again in heaven and can thank her then.♥♥

  3. What your heart must have felt when you saw that familiar handwriting! I can not even imagine. Hugs to you. It was a reminder of your wonderful sister and how she is still with you even now.

  4. What a treasure to find!

  5. My breath caught when I read your email. What a precious find.

  6. Maybe the delay was meant to be, so you could have some Love & Love today.

  7. You are thanking her now! Not to mention getting to share it with all your friends. You didn’t have a blog in 2012 did you?

  8. Well, it’s a “frameable” card and a lovely find…..I am sure she’s smiling in heaven knowing you finally got to see the card that got lost in the shuffle all those years ago.


  9. beautiful find!

  10. I so understand how you felt..the other day I was just cleaning out a box that had turned in to a “catch-all.” I found just a post it that had been attached to something, I don’t really know what, but it was filled with Mom’s handwriting. I felt silly because I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away….

  11. So sweet a gift to be given to one who truly appreciates it….

  12. It was just waiting for you – an unexpected reminder of the good times and memories you shared… & with a poignant design, as well – quite a find..

  13. A precious gift given to you now – her thoughts of love and that adorable picture on the card that so personifies you. What a sweet and poignant treasure from your sister. It was meant to be found now to remind you of a sister’s everlasting love and I know you will cherish it.

  14. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    A card sent from Heaven, I have no doubt. June just wanted you to know she is still with you all ways and will always love her baby sister ❤

  15. What a gift! You may not have had the chance to thank her for the card then, but the memories and love serendipitous things like this bring back to us are priceless!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Barb (Nellie’s Mom)

  16. What a find! I can understand your tears. June is still looking down on her baby sister with love.

  17. Maybe it was destined to be a gift to you later…. I know you must cherish it. Thank you for sharing it with us, too!

  18. Such a charming card! And a touching story too.

  19. I know how special delivery it is to find a letter or card from heaven. I have some from my Mom who passed away in 2008.

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