Who Taught You to Love Like That?

One of my goals as a human being is to be in the energy of unconditional love as much as I possibly can – which isn’t always. Like the yarn in my basket, I’m a ‘wip’ (work in progress). On occasion I feel moved to do something bigger, but usually a friendly smile, a few kind words, sometimes just a feeling or energy you step into when thinking of another, it expresses itself in a variety of ways. If someone were to ask me, ‘Who taught you to love like that?’ I would have to say that my Aunt Mary is at the top of that list, because she embodied unconditional love in the everyday. 

The gift I designed and made for my Aunt Mary for her 85th birthday. It's done in #40 crochet thread - a favorite of my grandmother's, who used to make lace handkerchiefs for my aunt and other loved ones.

The gift I designed and made for my Aunt Mary for her 85th birthday. It’s done in #40 crochet thread – a favorite of my grandmother’s, who used to make lace handkerchiefs for my aunt and other loved ones.

Not only was she the embodiment of love toward her kin; but she also went out of her way to be kind and loving toward complete strangers – for no reward beyond the experience of being love itself, and the joy of touching another’s heart. If ever there was a love-drenched person, my Aunt Mary was it.

I was reminded of this beauty and grace of her spirit under the direst of circumstances, when she was in mourning for the loss of her son (my cousin) a few years back. I showed up with the intention of being a distraction. She and my uncle told me stories of my past and my family’s past that I had missed growing up on the West coast. She prepared sumptuous meals and treats of the foods and flavors of my ancestors. It felt like they were filling in gaps to my spirit that I hadn’t even known were missing. 

But I think the most breathtaking thing I experienced was watching my Aunt Mary talking to and brightening the day of every person she encountered. Every store clerk, every person in service, the more ‘invisible’ society treated that person, the more she seemed to seek them out and shower them with kindness…even when she had just suffered the loss of her precious son. 

I think she was an unconditional love artist. 

On December 1st, my sweet Aunt Mary passed away. She was the embodiment of unconditional love on earth for over 85 years. May her memory live on as I do my best to follow her love-drenched example. 

Copyright © 2013 by Teresa Bolen. All Rights Reserved.

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