Friday, February 14, 2014

What Is In A Face?

The Circle of Life. In my post this month on WEP (check it out at the link below the image), I need to share faces of those who have come and those who have gone. In February 2013 my sister and I lost our father (Archie) and two months later she lost a very, very dear friend (Marc) who had greatly influenced her life. After our father’s passing, a new life was born into our family (Alienor) and helped, with a strong yet gentle touch, to bring a sense of healing amidst our grief. Another new life came to us (Emma) after the loss of my sister’s friend. In January 2014 my mother, very suddenly lost her brother, our uncle Phil. We are all still reeling from this. Then, as if planned, yet again, the birth of a new life in our family (Ruby) has brought the same strong yet gentle touch of healing as before. The circle of life personified. I cry and I laugh when I think of this. I mourn, but also cherish the life gone and the life beginning. What is in a face? A whole lifetime lived. A whole life yet to be lived. Memories, and hope. Cherish the faces you see every day. Don’t be afraid of losing them, but don’t take them for granted either. The circle of life is present in every face you see.
Archie, Dad 2-12-13

Alienor, second cousin, 2-22-13

Marc, our friend

Emma, family
Uncle Phil, 1-22-14
Ruby Lu, family 1-30-14


  1. I liked your take on the faces concept Lisa. I can understand how these faces would linger in your memory, and the connections seem predestined.


  2. Hello Lisa.
    This is a beautiful non-fiction take on the prompt. I love the cycle of life and death you have described, and I felt your pain followed by joy. I hope those new lives are progressing healthily and your family are all finding much happiness as you watch them grow. I especially loved: 'What is in a face? A whole lifetime lived. A whole life yet to be lived. Memories, and hope.' We've all got to have hope. Thank you.

    Thank you for posting for WEP. I always look forward to your entry!


  3. The circle of life, death twining with life ~ The pictures of the babies are precious ~

  4. Indeed the circle of life is in each face that touches us. It is perhaps easier to welcome the new ones and harder to let the old ones go. I liked where you went with the prompt.

  5. A lovely tribute to your family and friends, lovely photos. We lost two dear people in January with two new lives coming later this year, it is indeed the circle of life. Well written.

  6. 15th February 2014

    Dear Lisa,
    I agree with Sally. You have written a lovely tribute to your family and friends. And the photos add to the text.
    I often have similar thoughts about the circle of life- I miss my father and others who have given my life meaning.

    Thank you for your kind words about my story.

    Best wishes,

  7. If we step back we can see connections. Very well written and how true, our faces show our hope, our fears, our loves, and our innocence.

  8. Hi Lisa .. we all love and lose family and friends, then those little souls come into our families to delight us ... you've had an amazing range of losses matched with three girls (or is Allenor a boy (as he's in blue?!)) ... As Sally say it is the circle of life ... with thoughts and lots of joy in the future from these three .. Hilary

  9. That was an extraordinary touching story. You are blessed. My family has lost several family members in the last 2 years. It is good to know that there is such promise in the faces of new members to the circle of family.

  10. The words from The Lion King came to mind immediately-

    It's the Circle of Life
    And it moves us all
    Through despair and hope
    Through faith and love
    Till we find our place
    On the path unwinding
    In the Circle
    The Circle of Life

    Those baby faces are adorable... filled with promise...


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