A beautiful metaphor for today

I managed to capture the 🦋 butterfly that popped by just as we were there on Ethel’s grave for her first year death anniversary.

~ Evelyn Taylor

Butterflies are not only beautiful, but also have mystery, symbolism and meaning and are a metaphor representing spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope and life.

The magnificent, yet short life of the butterfly closely mirrors the process of spiritual transformation and serves to remind us that life is short.

The blessing of You

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure

No one spread more love in one lifetime. No one but you.
The comfort of having a friend may be taken away but not that of having had one.
Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories. 
We miss you. A little too much, a little too often, and a little bit more every day.
You asked for so little, but gave so very much.

A silent thought, a secret tear,
Keeps your memory ever dear.
Time eases the edge of grief,
Memory turns back every leaf.

A dedication

Your smile I see
It touched me
Your laughter lifted me
It cheered everybody

Your words uplifted
Your energy shifted
We all admitted
You were gifted

You were ever so sweet
To everyone that you meet
With goodness you greet
With a kiss to the cheek

Although you are far
Your memories shine like a star
You are remembered every hour
Those thoughts overpower

~ Rachel Solomon

Think of me

Think of me as one at rest
For me you should not weep
I have no pain no troubles thoughts
For I am now asleep.

The living, thinking me that was
Is now forever still
And life goes on without me
As time forever will.

If your heart is heavy now
Because I’ve gone away
Dwell not long upon it friends
For none of us can stay.

Those of you who liked me
I sincerely thank you all
And those of you who loved me
I thank you most of all.

And in my fleeting life span
As time went rushing by
I found some time to hesitate 
To laugh, to love, to cry.

Matters it now if time began
If time will ever cease?
I was here, I used it all
And now I am at peace.

“When I want to smile, I know exactly what to do, I just close my eyes and I think of you.”

~ Anonymous

74th Day ~ Your colourful life

A beautiful sunny day to celebrate your life
Dan & Turbo’s special moment
With Kathy, Geetha & Deepthi
Our beloved, you lived your life to the fullest
Daniel & Ruth with Kathy, Geetha, Deepthi & Rochelle
Ruth with Geetha & Deepthi

We shared a yummy picnic lunch and thoughts on our beloved Ethel.

We shared laughs too while reminiscing Ethel’s absent mindedness in managing her work roster. Quite often, she would report for the wrong shift or turn up to work on her rostered day off. Double-trouble from day two! 😁

Adding a smile to her purpose

“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.”

Chinese Proverb


This is what I remember when I think of Ethel. Her lovely smile. Her smile changed the world around her.

I remember the first time I met Ethel. She filled the room like a breath of fresh air. All smiles and so very cheerful. I warmed up to her immediately. This is saying a lot about her wonderful personality.

December 2019, Bangalore

And for those of you who do not know me, you must understand something about me, I take time to warm up to anyone. With Ethel, it was an instant friendship. It was a very short friendship for she went to be with the Lord on the 22nd of December, 2020 but it was a cherished friendship.

She touched the lives of so many people. I am humbled and so blessed that I got to meet her and call her friend. She was simply wonderful.

She was a beautiful soul. That was Ethel.

She was an embodiment of hope, love, peace, joy, good cheer & faith. Faith is what she lived. She truly radiated the light of God in her life.

When I heard she passed, I cried because I will miss her dearly as will everyone whose life she touched.

She fulfilled God’s purpose here on earth and now she is with God.

Let’s celebrate her life with a smile.

Rachel is a friend, blogger and founder & owner of Voila Français