April used to be a month of celebrations for my family. There were four April birthdays; my son, my husband and two brothers-in-law. It marked the end of what passes for “the rainy season” in California. Recently, one local weatherman commented that usually the end of the rainy season in California is marked by “tax day” – April 15th.
In the past four years, two of my April birthday family members have passed away; my husband and one brother-in-law. It is still a time to celebrate, but the sadness is there as well.
We don’t forget those we lost. The bitter-sweet memories return at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. No one can “replace” someone you lost, but they can add to your life and help you make new memories. April does bring sunshine as well as showers.