A Tribute to Aunt Rose

Mickey Raine sent in the following, lovely tribute to his wife Elaine’s Aunt Rose:

067 V Sunrise 001bf RchrdDKorte Park Mdwlnds NJ NYC n Freedom Tower Vw 101915 OK FLICKRI had driven over to DeKorte Park very early this morning, hoping to capture some pre-sunrise and sunrise hour scenes.  We had just learned about the passing of Elaine’s Aunt Rose in San Jose, California, and I, too, felt her to be a truly special lady–an infinitely devoted mother, grandmother, wife and sister.

Rose Ichishita (Aunt Rose)

Rose Ichishita (Aunt Rose)

She always seemed to be of great spirits, in spite of her personal conditions, much like our dear friend Tricia, who had just passed away.  Elaine had just had one of her long and fun chats with Rose no more than two weeks ago.

This may sound corny, but sunset and sunrise landscape viewings can be deep solace for the soul, while also, quite inspirational.



066 V Sunrise 001af RchrdDKorte Park Mdwlnds NJ NYC n Freedom Twr Pre Sun Vw 101915 OK FLICKRAs Elaine slept, I wanted to go down to the Meadowlands for time to reflect on Aunt Rose.  The weather could not have been better–fairly chilly, but crisp and invigorating.  I saw nobody else, so it was a perfect setting for a silent farewell.  When healthier, she and Yosh (husband and Elaine’s uncle) would regularly enjoy nature photos sent from the East, and we would talk about some of the places.  She always liked to see things from the Meadowlands . . .

The Meadowlands is a wonderful and vast landscape to enjoy the natural beauty and wonders of the wetland wildlife and plants, ideal for nature photographers and students of nature . . . But for us, it has provided so much peace and stress relief, too, over the last several years.

Well . . . Here is to Aunt Rose . . . 🌹

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