This is the meaning (as explained by Solveig and our German friends) beyond the literal translation of the words and reflects more the spirit of the saying: “Your blessing is with me every day, mornings and evenings, that I happily spread my wings wherever my path may lead me“
Translation (loose translation, as it is written in literary German):
“blessing prevailed (not exactly the right word) over me in every situation (or circumstance), early and late, so that I happily unfold myself wherever my path leads me“
To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say, But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay. I’m writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above, Where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal Love.
Please do not be unhappy, just because I’m out of sight, Remember that I’m with you, every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and said, ‘ I welcome you’.
‘It’s good to have you back again. You were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on. I need you here so badly as part of my big plan. There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man’.
Then God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do. And foremost on that list of mine, is to watch and care for you. I will be beside you, every day of the week and year, And when you’re sad I’m standing there, to wipe away the tear.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on Earth, and all those loving years, Because you’re only human, there’s bound to be some tears.
One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over, I am closer to you now than I ever was before. And to my many friends, trust God knows what is best. I am not far away from you, I’m just beyond the crest.
There are rocky roads ahead for you and many hills to climb, Together we can do it, taking one day at a time. It was my philosophy and please I’d like for you, To give unto the world, so the world will give to you.
If you can help someone who’s in sorrow or in pain, Then you can say to God at night, my day was not in vain. And now I am contented that my life it was worthwhile, Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
When you’re walking down the street and I am on your mind, I’m walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind. And when you feel a gentle breeze of wind upon your face, That’s me giving you a great big hug, or just a soft embrace.
When it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, Remember you are not going, you are coming home to me. I will always love you, from that place way up above, I will be in touch again soon. P.S. God sends his love.
I’ll never forget that night when I met Solveig for the first time at my band’s CD release party (well the second time…read part 1) at the Topaz Entertainment Palace (Ottawa, ON). I was literally at the other end of the venue and I saw her come in with her, at the time, music manager – a close friend of mine then had said she would be coming to the show so I knew to expect her, but I didn’t expect what followed.
When Solveig walked through the entrance I saw her right away, through everyone else, like they were all invisible, she took my breath away…dressed in a black outfit, (skirt, heels and black top), she was just gorgeous and I remember that moment like it was 2 seconds ago – she was stunning! People always talk about her hair, and yes I saw that of course, but it was her aura and her eyes and her genuine smile and heart…I melted. My female singer at the time noticed I was captivated and said ‘Azim, snap out of it man, we have a show!’.
The band had a media room and we invited Solveig and the manager to come in and chat, and then before we went on to perform they came backstage, which was downstairs below the stage area – it was a very nice venue and had a great reputation, so he environment was good. Solveig’s manager did the usual ‘business chat’ and it went on for a bit, but Solveig and I were instantly attracted to each other and wanted to just talk alone – so we traded numbers and gave each other a huge hug before I had to go perform…I’ll never forget that either.
There were no cell phones, email, text etc at that time…no, it wasn’t the dark ages 🙂 but we made plans to call each other that week. I remember as her manager was talking just looking right at Solveig and she at me, and we knew there was magic…all the conversations disappeared and we were suspended in time right there – I remember being scared too as I knew in my heart, SHE was THE ONE, and always would be…I remember thinking ‘is this possible? Can I know this quickly?’, it’s like life started right there, right at that moment, our pasts disappeared and we started new…Solveig and Azim…Azim and Solveig – those that have known us over the past 26 years know what I mean when say there was only us and then our girls…part 3 to follow.
Solveig was featured in ‘The Montreal Star’ on Monday July 3, 1967. The article was in regards to Expo ’67 and an event that happened at ‘Place Des Nations’. Solveig was an extremely sweet and adorable four year old and you can see her in the middle of the four children in the picture. I have the original newspaper here in our home, but I have taken a snapshot of the article and the photo that Solveig is in for the gallery. That page of the newspaper is framed and hanging proudly here at home as it has for many, many years. Please go to the gallery to see it.
Anyone that has known my Solveig over the past 26 years and has seen and been a part of our beautiful story knows what an incredible and phenomenal mother she IS – I say IS, because her immense and unconditional love as Mom to our two beautiful daughters will last eternally. Solveig’s influence, kindness, patience and nurturing will not only be with our daughters now, but will be with their children too when that time comes and will pass from from generation to generation ❤️ We love you and miss you every second of everyday – never forgotten, always remembered.
Please see the GALLERY for some beautiful family pictures that have been added. (Please send an email to my personal account for login details)