Anna Banana, that’s what we called her. She was only with us for two years. It was actually two days short of her of her second birthday when she was killed by a drunk driver.
Her mom and my mom are sisters and our families were extremely close when I was growing up. Anna Marie and I are only four years apart and I can remember playing with her in the front yard making mud pies. Her older sister turned in to my best friend growing up and very much like my own sister. Every summer we would each spend half of it with the others family. City living for her and country living for me. My aunt is the one who taught me how to ride a bike.
Anna Marie visits me often and I’m lucky to have a direct connection to the other side of the veil. It’s because of her that my view on death is very different than most and I celebrate and honor our bond. I created a mala for my aunt to honor her baby and it was also my opportunity to tell her about Anna Marie’s visits over the years since her passing. My aunt called her my angel.
It seems that Universe has conspired to perfectly time a birthday celebration for my cousin and I am able to share her with the world, exactly forty years after her death.
Like all malas I create I try to incorporate the persons natural birth characteristics, stones, and numerology to enhance the vibrations and healing energies in hopes of a stronger connection to the mala. My aunt is Aquarius and loves the color purple so it only made sense to use her power stone, Amethyst. Anna Marie’s power stone is Moonstone and is also incorporated along with crystal quartz for the guru bead. The lady bug comes courtesy of my aunt. She gave it to me quite a few years ago for my birthday and I wore her religiously since day one until I found my Om pendant. In fact, lady bug accompanied me on a motorcycle ride across the country in 2016.
You may think giving a gift back is faux pas but because I loved that little lady bug so much it was an honor to pass her on to experience more adventures. Who better to steward her than someone who loves lady bugs enough to give them as gifts? When I gave her the mala it was her friend that informed me how much my aunt loves them.
An honor to create this memorabilia for my aunt. She and Anna Marie have done more for me than I can explain.
Happy Birthday baby girl! May your light shine bright in all our creations together.