Since my Papa passed away a week ago, I’ve heard Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors come on the radio or Pandora a number of times. You may or may not know this, but Justin’s video was inspired by his grandparents who were married for 63 years. His grandfather had passed away due to a breathing problem, his grandmother noted, “He just closed his eyes and went to sleep.”
After hearing it on the way to the airport this morning, I watched the video again when I got to the airport. Probably not the best idea, but I am totally ok with crying in public. My Mom had commented that this song was on when we were on our way home last night and that’s when I filled her in on the story behind the song and how the music video brought it all to life.
Here’s the video:
Seeing my Nana’s strength and serenity over the past two days turned the waterworks on time and time again. Yes, they were tears of sadness for the loss of my Papa, but they were also tears that brought warmth to my heart. To see how she carried herself after losing the man that she was married to for 58 years left me speechless.
I am so blessed to have had my Papa in my life for the past 28 years and honored to still have my Nana here for the years to come. I love being reminded of all of the wonderful examples I have surrounding me that demonstrate the love and support of family and friends as we go through all of the ups and downs that life presents us with.
“They say that a part of you dies when a special Loved One passes away…I disagree…I say a part of you lives with your Loved One on the other side.” ― Daniel Yanez