1. Money or property bequeathed to another by will.
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past
Possibly one of the reason’s I have been feeling wobbly lately is that I have just paid for a new audio visual system to be installed at church.
It’s not the sudden large withdrawal of funds from my savings account that have made my steps falter but the fact that this gift is my way of expressing Andrew’s legacy for the church he loved.
Andrew always believed that the church shouldn’t have to put up with second best and to that end he liked to give gifts of practical equipment rather than money. That way he knew that his hard earned cash was being spent on something he considered essential rather than added to a communal pot and frittered away on something he deemed less important!
Over the years we have added things to the media desk, usually unseen by most of the congregation but that was the way Andrew liked to do things, the least fuss the better.
Updating the media provision has been a long process, as with anything in the Church of England there are several hoops to be jumped through especially with regards to positioning a projector in an old building.
I first muted the idea in early 2011 and like so many steps along this journey of grief my thoughts and feelings have progressed through a range of emotions along the way.
I am a very different person to Andrew, I probably like to make too much of a show of things and put on a performance but as time has slowly passed I am just happy that the work is finally completed.
There have been a few kind comments at my generosity and there has been some positive feedback from those who have noticed an improvement in sound and vision.
Whereas once I would have been stamping my feet demanding recognition, inwardly at least, now this is enough.
For a while I struggled with the idea of adding a plaque to the desk to show its pedigree. But the church doesn’t need another brass plate to be polished with Andrew’s name on. He would have hated the idea anyway.
Instead I am just going to make a sign and laminate it...
Over time the sign may get lost but by then the fancy state of the art equipment will most likely be out of date and need replacing once again.
Andrew’s true legacy is so much more than a few new boxes of tricks and tidied cable (actually I am convinced we need to leave a few bits of straggly tangled wire lying around just for good measure!)
Meanwhile my mum has just finished her own family heirloom. A patchwork quilt we started over thirty years ago.
Most people will admire it, in the same way the new media desk will receive oohs and ahhs but the real legacy is something far more personal.
It is all about creating something new from the love and memories left behind, a reminder for those of us involved that someone very special had a part to play in our lives and they will never be forgotten, while at the same time still moving forward.