The Lawn Mower, A Rock, and The Cemetery

This week is kind of a tough one. My sister’s anniversary of her passing from Ovarian Cancer  is always bitter sweet. It’s a time when I think about fun memories that make me smile, but also a time when I miss her so immensely. Being that it’s fall and also my favorite time of year though, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit from yesterday’s post with a story about my sister that makes me laugh. Maybe you’ll get a giggle out of it, too.

Are you wondering what the lawn mower, a rock and the cemetery have in common?

The day after my sister’s funeral I went to the cemetery. Things felt like a whirlwind and I really didn’t know what was next. It’s that whole stages of grief thing. I went to her grave and knelt down, tears were flowing and I was having my moment. My moment though was filled with utter annoyance because the gardener was there mowing the lawn with a giant lawn mower right near me and right in the middle of my moment with my sister.

I tried to ignore it but he was zooming around, cutting the grass with his obnoxious machine and then it happened…. a direct hit. I was shot. Yep, shot right in the a*s with a rock!

I jumped straight into the air, looked around and saw the gardener driving away. I don’t think he noticed what happened. I went from sobbing to cracking up.

I knew in that moment it was my sister kicking my butt, telling me to stop crying and sending her message to me to get a move on.

So, that’s what I’ve done over the last 4 years. Life keeps moving. I recognize that, but I will always continue to honor her because she was so special to so many. She continues to inspire even those who didn’t know her personally.

Onward and upward I go. I know she would have wanted it that way.





6 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily says:

    Sometimes, a kick in the pants is just what we need. I clicked your link, and it sounds like your sister was a fun, wonderful person.


    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you Emily! So true about a “kick” in the pants… It just happened to be a rock. 🙂


  2. Rachel M. says:

    I think this is a wonderful post and incredible you could find humor that day. She sounds like a really special sister. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you Rachel! so glad to be a part of WMW 🙂


  3. Your sister was letting you that the same Creator who gave us the gift of love also gave us the gift of laughter! Thanks for sharing your special moment.


    1. Stephanie says:

      That’s beautiful Cynthia. Thank you.


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