This week is the 6 month anniversary of Jolene's death. I'll be writing more about that on Thursday.
It's on my son Jaran's mind as well. He sent us a beautiful card. White laser-cut tree branches over a red sun in an orange sky. He wrote a thoughtful note, and he's given me permission to share it with you.
Jaran is studying the Chinese language this semester, so that's the background for his comments.
Dear Mom & Grandma,
Just wanted to send you out a letter. This week will be a tough one as we hit all these aniversaries.
I thought this card was appropriate for the occasion. I have learned that the Chinese believe red is an expression of life. Red is characterized as such because it is reminiscent of flowing blood. White symbolizes death because it is the complexion of a corpse. In China, white is the traditional color worn at funerals.
In the foreground of this picture is an array of white. The white has texture and is tangible. But rising in the background is the red orb of the sun, warming the picture and reminding us that life is omnipresent and is much larger than anything else we may experience. To me this is a picture of hope, and I wanted to share it with you two.
Life shining in the midst of death. It is indeed a beautiful image.