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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Little Legacy #1 the universe

We are standing in the backyard of our new home, mother and daughter.  I am seven.  It is March, a still calm night.  Mum wraps her arms round me, I am still small enough to snuggle into the cave she makes me under her chin and between her arms. Together we look past the other yards, the trees and the hills to the stars.  She points out constellations, Orion's belt and the Plough.  

As I stare out into a sky of stars I feel safe in her arms and in awe of the world out there. My worries about moving house, town and school fade against the backdrop of the universe. 

Now, when I am far from home, I try to look for the Plough and Orion's belt.  When I need some perspective, I look at the stars and feel my stresses shrink a little by comparison.

little legacy A small thing handed down by a predecessor

Little legacy is a remembrance project, a positive and creative place, to celebrate small things handed down by predecessors.  I am going to post one every Thursday. If you want to join in at any point, either as a project or a one off, there's a linky below and more information here.  

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At 6 July 2011 at 20:24 , Blogger Emma said...

What a fabulous idea! I love it, and I love your first Little Legacy post! Emma :)

At 6 July 2011 at 21:47 , Blogger TheMadHouse said...

What a fantastic post, real inspiration

At 6 July 2011 at 23:14 , Blogger A Farmer's Wife said...

That's lovely. It reminded me of how little things in our day to day life will create memories such as these for my children.

Take care.

At 7 July 2011 at 01:29 , Blogger Mel said...

This is so very lovely. I love this concept of giving children roots and wings all at once.

At 7 July 2011 at 07:03 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Emma - thanks x
Mum at the mad house - you are an inspiration, commenting from hospital x
A farmer's wife - now I have started I can't stop thinking how many memories are made!
Mel - roots an wings, that's exactly it :)

At 7 July 2011 at 10:21 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great idea, Gallery post yesterday had a bit of this, and I was touched how many other people shared similar. It's stuff that so easily gets lost - love the idea of reflecting on it and bringing it back to the surface.

At 7 July 2011 at 16:52 , Anonymous Midlife Singlemum said...

I also look for Orion the hunter whenever I see a clear star-filled night. I know where it was above my childhood home, above my home in Jerusalem, and when I spent a summer in America - it stopped me from being too homesick. Now you;ve got me thinking what legacy I can give to my DD in a similar vein.

At 7 July 2011 at 18:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this idea the first time I heard about it. In fact I was gutted i hadn't thought of it first ;>) I don't really do memes, but i think i'll be doing this one. I love the idea of your mum making a cave with her arms. I know that safe feeling well.

God it's *cking gorgeous (soz for the swearing)( right down to that cute little acorn. Just perfect.


At 7 July 2011 at 19:01 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Hello Gemma - I really wanted to do the gallery yesterday and didn't have chance/access to the photos I wanted. like the idea of finding a home for random stories.
Midlifesinglemum - Lovely to hear it worked for someone else too. Just waiting for a clear night when my daughter is up late enough to see the stars!
Milk - was in two minds whether to make it a meme, I hate linky pressure/obligation. It's a project I was ready to do and it's so good to have company on the journey. You could do your own project, make it 'milk' - think it's important to feel ownership? x

At 7 July 2011 at 21:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post mrs,

and great idea for a linky x

At 8 July 2011 at 14:31 , Blogger Kate said...

Simply lovely. x

At 10 July 2011 at 16:59 , Anonymous TheBoyandMe said...

A really lovely post Penny. I have written mine and have it scheduled to post tomorrow. Will link up after.

At 10 July 2011 at 23:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just the most lovely idea for a meme - I linked to an old post - I hope that's okay. When I read your decription of the linky that memory leapt into my mind. Love the comfort of your stars. Beautiful.

At 11 July 2011 at 11:56 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Thanks Jane and Kate xx
The Boy and Me, look forward to it, no hurry x
Dichotomy - that is the most beautiful piece of writing, thanks for sharing it.

At 11 July 2011 at 12:43 , Anonymous Helen Spencer said...

Lovely little legacies. I have dedicated my life (what's left of it!) to saving ALL the memories I make with my children as their legacy. I founded a free to use website called where other families can do likewise. Your lives,on a chronological timeline, with pictures and words side by side. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress too as SaveEveryStep. I really hope it will be a useful resource for all families reading this....

At 14 July 2011 at 19:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea, really made me think and I'm excited to take part. Your post is lovely, such a nice memory.
Hope I've got the right idea with my post!
Same time next week!

At 25 July 2011 at 09:18 , Blogger Liska said...

I will have to try and think of something so that I can join in.
Liska x

At 25 July 2011 at 11:16 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Hi Liska
Anytime, you are very welcome. No rush, here whenever an idea strikes :)

At 31 October 2011 at 20:39 , Anonymous Mummy Matters said...

Beautiful, different constellations remind me of different points in my life too :)


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