||[Aug. 19th, 2016•11:59 pm]
19 Aug 2016, Fri: Fables & Reflections
This morning, my husband’s cousin, Alex passed away peacefully in his sleep.
I had only met him a handful of times, but knew he was a good man.
He was a dedicated father, a jovial person who was creative and intelligent.
Alex leaves behind his two children, his parents, younger brother, countless
relatives, friends and loved ones who will miss him dearly and immensely.
I visited Alex’s Facebook page and saw that one of his profile pictures was of
The Sandman, Dream of the Endless, Morpheus. A complex character created
by Neil Gaiman, also one of my favourite writers. The Sandman is an all-powerful
being who rules over the realm of Dreams. Although god-like, Morpheus has very
human qualities accompanied by a tragic life story. Death, is his eldest sister.
As with many who have read The Sandman novels, which I’m sure Alex did,
the main message which I got from the story of Morpheus is that, life is hard.
It doesn’t matter who you are on this earth, you could be the ruler of a nation,
you could be a beggar on the streets, the journey of life will come with challenges,
it will bring with it pain and suffering and sadness. However, just like Morpheus,
we all have the ability to dream and to create, and with this ability, comes beauty.
As I saw Alex’s children weep over his lifeless body, it reminded me, how tragic
life can be. But as I saw all of Alex’s loved ones come together in an embrace of
tears and words of comfort, it also reminded me, how beautiful life can be.
"Some things are too big to be seen; some emotions too huge to be felt."
- Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
Much Love, Lynn