Hope you're ok?
Today, in the run up to Remembrance Day, I thought that I would remember and pay tribute to those left behind. The men, women and children who lost their loved ones and who had to go on through the decades without them. That must have been so hard. So many women lost men they loved..their husbands, brothers...sons. So many children lost their fathers...and men lost their wives, sons and daughters as well. So many people who had to go on through their lives without someone who had been so important to them. I always think of little John whose tiny, simple headstone I used to walk past in the cemetery at Wallasey - 4 years old and 'killed by enemy action.' John would have been almost 80 now. He would have built up a whole life of memories and adventures...but war took that all away from him. Heartbreaking. But he's still remembered as every year a man goes round that cemetery putting poppies on little crosses on all the war graves...and John gets his too. Oops...go away tears!
We were lucky in my family. No one in my direct line has been lost in war as far as I am aware...certainly no one in the World Wars or since. My great grandfather and his sons did have a few dodgy moments at sea but they came through when so many didn't.
So, remembering all who were left behind...
A simple yet, I hope, elegant card in tribute to those who faced years of heartache and loss.
For this card I have used:
I also used black card and gems from my stash and a red rose from WOC.
The sentiment was created on my lappy and the leaves were cut using a Joanna Sheen Signature Die.
Here's to all of you who have lost a loved one...be it during war or peace.