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Some comforting words I want to share...

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:13 am
by Catherine Poole
This is from an unknown source: "I just came across the word saudade. Of Portuguese origin, in a whole bunch of clumsy English words, saudade means “the love that remains” after someone is gone. It’s the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, wellbeing, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It describes a deep nostalgic longing.

But it goes deeper – implicit in the emotion is the fact it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (your children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (places, things you used to do in childhood) that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It can also describe a love for something that you know will never exist.

Saudade: It brings sad and happy feelings all at once; sadness from missing something loved and happiness for having experienced the love."

Re: Some comforting words I want to share...

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:43 pm
by jeffb
What a beautiful word Catherine and your timing is impeccable. That is exactly how I was feeling about Rachel this morning while having breakfast on the back porch and looking at the sun side lighting the plants and dew in the garden, which was her outdoor passion.

"It brings sad and happy feelings all at once; sadness from missing something loved and happiness for having experienced the love."

A perfect description.

Thank you!

Jeff