Humble

IMG_5426

We have been away for a few days.  Not for a happy reason.  It one of those times when you must do your best to do what is right.  It was not, however, a wasted weekend.  In many ways.  It was a time to reconnect with family, a time to ponder our mortality, a time to weigh up what is important and dismiss the insignificant.  For a little while anyway.

This might sound bizarre, but the crematorium so impressed me that I must mention it.  Newly constructed, the architecture was modern without trying too hard to be radical.  When I spotted the cloud pruned conifers at the entrance I was an instant convert.  Mature trees had been retained, beech hedges had been planted and herbaceous borders of, from what I could discern in the depths of winter, red hot pokers, rudbeckia and asters.  Inside the beautifully designed picture window looked far out into the Warwickshire countryside, a view that demanded contemplation. The welcome sunshine poured through windows clothed with sensitively placed blinds to save our squints. Unlike many such buildings, death did not rule here.  As so often is desired at this sad time and seldom achieved, this building enhanced the celebration of a life much-loved.

Previously, wandering past the ancient buildings of Rugby School I spotted this tree, naked but resplendent.  There is nothing like a tree to humble you.

8 thoughts on “Humble

  1. I am so sorry that you have had a sadness. A celebration of the life of a loved one is the nicest way to say good-bye and I hope there was some joy in the memories and sunbeams. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I am sorry too, its lovely to find a crematorium thats been sensitively planned and constructed, we attended an aunts last year in building just as you describe, it really did make a difference to the day. Take care. x

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s