It’s been exactly one month since Skyler Sue passed away. She would be four months and 4 days old by now, we can’t help but wonder how she would be like if she was alive today. We cope with the grief of losing her by keeping ourselves busy everyday. When we’re not at work, we occupy ourselves by doing some house chores, driving around town, playing with Skyler’s canine sisters, or adding more to her little memorial garden.
In her garden, we planted two of the flowering plants that we received during her service (pink rose bush and the hydrangea). Some of Skyler’s hair were added in the roots of both plants. Mom commissioned an artist to work on Skyler’s garden slate marker. The vintage slate is a historic piece that was once used as roofing shingles for historical buildings and barns. Grandma Sue added to her garden the cement bench with animal carvings. We got the cherub figurine to represent our little angel. At night, her garden is well lit by three solar lights that we added – one is from her Godmother.
With all the things we added, her garden is still far from being finished. Many of the plants we planted are still too small. Mom also want to upgrade the bird bath or even change it to a fountain. We also want to improve the feeder, make it more colorful and attract garden-friendly birds like hummingbirds and cardinals. With all the things we want to do, we’ll probably never going to stop working on her garden. But neither of us are complaining, since it’s a task we both enjoy.
Skyler’s garden has been a great therapy for us. Whenever we have that moment of sadness from missing her, we just look at her blooming garden and instantly feel joy.