It is Tantalizing Tuesday. Please follow the link to the list of awesome authors participating in today's challenge or I have them listed below. A photo and 200 words. My tribute is a little closer to 250 words.
My beautiful 39 year old niece died Friday night. She came home from work, said she didn’t feel well and was going to lay down for awhile. She never got up. It was her 16 year old daughter's first Homecoming. She appeared the picture of health and never complained about having anything wrong. I had 3 nephews and only one niece, Nikki. In 2010, my youngest nephew died at 28. There are only two left now. The tragedy of it all is painful. She was such a good girl, wonderful mother and a beautiful person. It's a sad day. Please honor my family and Nikki by reading the tribute I wrote for Nicole on Saturday, when the news was raw and painful.
|The Road of Destiny|
The road, once bathed in the illumination of Life by the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, is now dimly lit by the faint and flickering past. An Earthbound angel has claimed her wings and been set free to return home.
This path was not chosen. This road to the darkened nowhere takes us from the heart-warmed embrace of life and our loved ones against our will; perhaps this passageway is unexpected, startling and heart wrenching but it is not unknowing. This road awaits us all, but for some, the path at once sweet is bitter and too eager to rise before us with the gnawing, gaping, inevitable abyss.
Some turn back to cheat this darkened destiny, but older others fly willingly into the black grasp. Love your life, for the hope, challenge and rewards She bears is the fruit of your breath.
Not so, my beautiful niece who was stolen by the Eternal grasp, donned her wings and flew into the warm comfort of God’s loving embrace.
Fly away, Nikki. Take with you the knowledge that you are loved. For how can we be sad? We cannot deny the beauty of a white hot meteor we have been privileged to have blaze across our Universe. We bear witness to the natural majesty even as it burns out far too quickly before us. We were blessed to have her, even for a moment.
Nicole Marie Lyle Tranilla
February 22,1974 ~ October 11, 2013