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Outdoor Living Sanctuary: A Source of Comfort

July 30, 2009

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
Miss me a little - but not too long
Why cry for a soul set free.

My mother lived a wonderful life, but way too short, she passed away very unexectedly four days ago. I carry a part of my mom within me that will help me get through this tough time and the years to come. On Tuesday we held a celebration of her life in a beautiful southwestern chapel with an outdoor patio. The patio had a special meaning to me, for being in the casual furniture industry it represented eveyday life, normalcy and outdoor living. On a day when I was mourning the loss of a parent, I was also thinking about how much my mother would have loved the furniture on the patio for a social event.

These past few days have been surreal, but I have found solice and comfort whenever I am outside among nature, under the big blue sky, where life is very present. I know in the coming days, weeks, months and years I will find myself going outdoors whenever I want to be close to my mom. An outdoor living sanctuary is the very best source of comfort that I can think of. I look forward to getting home to my own outdoor oasis, so that I can gain strength from all of the living things that surround my outdoor space like the flowers, plants, the air, the sun and all of the little critters.

Addng comfortable casual furniture and colorful fabrics that signify life are ever so important in our daily lives, even if your troubles are small, these things will provide a place for you to feel good. My mom is at peace now and I will be strong and happy and live life to the fullest because I know that is what she would want me to do. I will try to continue to make her proud of me, as proud as I am to call her My Mom.

Live life, be happy, take care of yourselves and hold your loved ones close to tell them how much you care.

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake