I purchased Close to Me after I lost my Mum in October 2015. I have several other Willow Trees that all have sentimental value. I love that each piece has its own special meaning. When I look after my Close to Me it reminds me how much my Mum loved me and how much I love her and while I am unable to hold her in my arms, I hold her in my heart and memory and this piece is a lovely reminder of that. Thank you Susan.
I lost my mother about a week ago. I am very sad. Mom and I were always very close but since she passed I have not felt her around. I immediately felt my dad around. Today my husband got me out of the house. We were walking around an outside mall just to get some fresh air. I went by a store window very fast and told my husband to stop something was calling to me. I looked at the statues and saw this one immediately I read the words close to me "Apart or together, always close to me". I knew it was my mommy letting me know she is still with me. When we got to the car and I took out the card and saw the name Willow Tree it confirmed it. My mom always told me that when I go thru hard times. I am like a Willow Tree I am flexible and bend during stormy times. I have it next to my bed so I know she is near. I have never collected statues like this before but I will treasure this forever.
My daughter of 20 spread her wings and left our nest to start a life on her own, she left one day before her 20th birthday in May last year 2014. With Christmas when she came home for a few weeks she gave me the mother and daughter saying : apart or together, always close to me. It was so striking with how we both feel, I love the statues and there messages. I miss my daughter still heaps but the statue has a spot in the house where I can always see it and think of her and no matter what we are always close!!
I was so drawn to this piece. In February 2012 I lost my mother to cancer. When she decided to stop her treatments, she held me just like this and said "I am going to miss you." I placed the piece on my desk at work to remind me of that day. I miss you, too, Mommy.
I especially love this figure because it symbolizes the bond between my daughter and me. My daughter has Angelman's and Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes. She is unable to talk so she will walk up to me and hug me just like the girl in this figure. It is her way of saying, "I love you." I can't look at this figure without tears coming to my eyes and strong emotion welling in my heart. It is a beautiful statement of what can be said without using words. Thank you!
About 10 years ago my mom nearly died from a sudden cardiac episode. We traveled to be with her to find her unconscious in the hospital with tubes and an IV. All I wanted -so desperately- was to give her a hug and feel her arms around me just one more time. Through the miracle of prayer and modern medicine, my mom actually got better! The doctors said she should not have survived and it is a miracle that she is still with us today. People with her condition are lucky to live a year or two and she has been with us TEN years now since that day. I get and give MANY MANY HUGS now, and every one of them means so much. This beautiful statue was given to me by my mom today as a reminder that she will always be with me and she will always hold me in her arms no matter what! What a beautiful and incredible blessing she is to me! This piece is a loving symbol of the love my mom has for me and that I have for her and it will forever remind me that you can never get too many hugs!!
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.