My aunt, Evelyn Freeman, is my mother's youngest sister. Due to health issues she was unable to attend my mother's services last November. In addition to dealing with her own progressing dementia, she has for many years been dealing with her husband's advanced Alzheimer's. Uncle Bill has been in a group home now for several years and no longer knows his wife or children.
Aunt Evelyn gave me some money for a memorial to honor my mother and her "Willie", who, while still living, is gone in the sense of the person he was.
My mother requested the song "I'll Fly Away" be sung at her services. I think she saw her departure from this world like that, flying away. Uncle Bill was in the Air Force for many years, and flying was a part of who he was, so I immediately thought of the wind sculptures I had seen in Garibaldi, Oregon.
This is the one we bought.
Today we set it up to see if we liked the placement just off the patio.
In this location I can see it from the kitchen table where I sit for most meals, from the kitchen window over the sink where I spend a lot of time with food prep, and from my patio table.
I think this is where it will stay. We will be doing some work at the base, either with plants or a pebble mosaic, and I will have a commemoration plaque made.
Watching this Wind Spinner is mesmerizing. The patterns it makes are so beautiful. Here is a sample.