A Grandmother and the Peacock.

This post is dedicated to my grandmother who left this world back in 2013, her smile and knowledge is missed to this day.

I have always admired my grandmother who raised 3 children on her own after losing her husband back in 1963.  A strong, intelligent woman who pushed through thick and thin with her head held high.

I remember the “candy drawer” and the excitement of pulling the drawer open the moment we would arrive at Grandmother’s house.   I remember the games played, the stories told, her quilting, and the smile she had on her face whenever family was around.  I do wish that I had learned the art of hand sewn quilting from the master 🙂

Her knowledge and support throughout my childhood will remain part of me until the end of time.

It was a beautiful winter day, cold, but not too cold, and the sun was shining bright causing a vivid blue sky.  Dan was by my side as we made our way down to Lamberton, in the southwestern portion of Minnesota.  A drive that I had not made since my grandmother moved closer to my mother in early 2003.

We stopped in New Ulm, and toured the August Schell Brewing Company, a place full of history and beautiful old buildings; I would imagine that we will head back that way in the near future. We were surprised to see peacocks roaming the grounds and managed to photograph them.  I have always been drawn to the jewel toned colors that these amazing birds display.

Only after working through this album, and researching this magnificent bird, did I learn of the symbolism it represents.  I was shocked to find that in many cultures, this bird has played a significant role. I found this symbolism fitting not only for the situation, but also as a reminder of who my grandmother was.

  • In Christianity, the peacock represents resurrection, renewal, and immortality within its teachings.
  • In Buddhism they symbolize wisdom.
  • In Hinduism, the peacock is associated with Lakshmi who represents patience, kindness, and luck.

The following legend struck a cord was one of my favorites:
The peacock has been linked to Kuan Yin and it is this deity that is supposedly the creator of the beautiful colors of the peacock’s signature tail feathers.  The myth tells us Kuan Yin could have been immortal but stayed because she wished to aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.  Kuan Yin taught people, through her own compassionate spirit, to lie together as friends.  When she decided to go to the heavens, she appointed a guardian to keep the earth peaceful.  She called a bird, with dull brown feathers to her.  She rubbed her face and brushed her hands down the length of its feathers, which created a kaleidoscope of colors and beautiful eyes on the end of each long feather.  Therefore, the Peacock’s feathers remind us that Kuan Yin is compassionately watching over us.

I would like to thank my husband, Dan, for standing by my side. For the support (and the Kleenex) you gave me each time I needed it…  I love you dearly.

 In Memory of

Esther M Redman

Esther Marie (Lee) Redman was born on August 15, 1917 in Emmet County, Iowa. She was the daughter of George and Dena Lee. She graduated from Sanborn High School in 1937. She was united in marriage to Willis G. Redman on July 25, 1942 in Sanborn, MN. Esther attended and graduated from Mankato State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in one room country schools until 1960 when she began teaching in Lamberton and was employed there until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lamberton, MN.

Esther died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Farmstead (Presbyterian Homes) in Andover, MN at the age of 95 years.
We miss you and know you are there still watching over us.

Please enjoy the images from that trip.



20 thoughts on “A Grandmother and the Peacock.

  1. Joe says:

    A beautiful tribute to you grandmother and wonderful images Cynthia 😀

  2. Birdhunter says:

    Superb photography! God bless grandmother Esther.

  3. Dan Traun says:

    I concur 100% with Joe. We did see some great sites to photography. Nice work honey.

  4. Blondie says:

    Cynthia, what a touching beautiful tribute about your grandma. There is something truly special about a grandmother’s love, lessons and smiles they give. Reading about the peacock was very interesting. I could see your words, love and tribute through your photos! You have a wonderful gift! We’re excited to have you and Dan spend one of the most important days in our lives with us and capturing the day. Much love, Blondie!

  5. Mike says:

    That is a beautiful remembrance of your Grandmother, Cynthia! Very touching.

  6. MikeP says:

    Perfect tribute in both pictures and words.

  7. Make Something Mondays says:

    The images make such a great tribute. I’m sorry to have to be commenting in this situation, but you did a great job. I’m sure she would be proud and thankful.

  8. drew delaney says:

    I read this yesterday and thought I commented. Honestly, my brain needs an adjustment of nuts and bolts.
    This is truly a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I have been thinking so much of my grandparents and I will probably write more about them one day.
    Your grandmother did live to a ripe age. It is so nice when grandparents are well enough to enjoy life somewhat. So glad you have these wonderful memories and if you are anything like me, they will remain in your heart forever. The memories never go away.

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful tribute and memories of your Grandmother, Cynthia. The accompanying images are wonderful.

  10. LaVagabonde says:

    Gorgeous images and words. A fine tribute.

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