Forget Me Not
Submitted by Deb Desjardins in Massachusetts/Maine, September 2013
My sister-in-law had cancer and yet she died unexpectedly. My brother, her husband, was in physical rehab following foot surgery, as he had been for more than the last month of her life. I traveled home to attend to some personal matters and met with friends at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant for breakfast. While we waited to be seated I looked around the gift shop area and was drawn to the Willow Tree pieces. Immediately my eyes fell upon the Forget Me Not piece, a perfect refection of Barbara. She enjoyed flowers, loved the color blue and the personality of the piece--unassuming, it seemed to embody her. I gave it to my brother and told him that although he might not like 'dolls' I thought that he would appreciate this one. When I explained why I had selected it he agreed. It will be placed near her funerary urn at the funeral service and then go home with him--a constant reminder.
Submitted by Karen Thompsen in Austin, TX, August 2013
My father just passed away, and I got the Forget-me-not piece to remind me of the last things he said to me while he was still lucid. We had a difficult relationship through my teens and twenties, and although we had resolved those differences in later years, my father could never tell me how special I was to him. I had always longed to be his princess, but he wanted me to be strong and independent. Well, I am strong and independent, but I still wanted to be his princess. But as I was leaving from what would become one of our final visits, he called me by name and told me I was his sweetheart! I knew that he loved me, but he finally told me that I was his special girl. In this piece, I see myself forever smelling the beautiful bouquet of a Daddy's love for his little girl. While I have many wonderful memories of him, those words will always be the dearest to me.
Submitted by Aimee in wales, July 2013
I was given a Forget-me-not as a gift from a girl in a class where I was volunteering. It was such a lovely way of remembering the whole class and especially her!
Submitted by Martha in Peoria, July 2013
I was anticipating the birth of our 4th grandchild this October 2013. My daughter in law got very sick in June and delivered a beautiful little girl that was stillborn June 9, 2013. They named her Rosalie Grace and needless to say we were all devastated. A wonderful man that I work with sat a gift bag on my desk one day at work and inside was the forget-me-not. Rosalie, I will always remember you. Love, Grandma
Submitted by Sharon in Enterprise, Utah, June 2013
Our family had the awesome opportunity to host a foreign exchange student from Norway this year. She was a wonderful addition to our family. Our oldest daughter in May was getting married and loved the Willow Tree figures. She was having a very hard time deciding which one to use on her cake. She narrowed it down to 2 different ones -- "Promise" and "Together." After debating for quite a while she concluded to get the figure "Promise." She was very excited when it came but still wished she had both because she liked them equally. The day before her wedding our exchange student, who was asked to be a bridesmaid with our younger daughter, came in and handed a gift to our daughter that her parents had sent from Norway for the couple. As the gift was unwrapped our student was very worried because the box said Willow Tree and was the same size as the one our daughter opened earlier with her figure of "Promise." To our student's relief, and our daughter's great pleasure it was the figure of "Together." Now our daughter has both of them! We had no idea they even sold them in Norway! Our exchange student was very excited to be a part of our family's wedding activities and we thoroughly loved having her be a part of our family. She returned home to Norway a few days ago and as we went in her room we noticed that she left packages for us. She gave our younger daughter the figure "Sisters by Heart," filling the void of our older daughter getting married. There was also for our family a card, candy and another Willow Tree figure -- Forget-me-not. It made us all cry. We are grateful for the beautiful reminder of our "daughter" in Norway.
Submitted by Judy Theuer in Los Angeles, June 2013
My father was suffering with the final stages of cancer and at home where he wanted to be. My mom and three sisters and I cared for him and kept him comfortable. The medications and the disease seemed to dull his senses at times but he had much clarity and enthusiasm about this one request: he wanted to secure a bouquet of Forget-me-nots for my mother. He wanted them brought to his bed and he was in an impatient hurry to have them. It was no easy feat to find Forget-me-nots but my sisters and I finally got the bouquet and managed to get them to him without my mother knowing. He sat up in bed with the flowers and called my mom to his bedside. In a very formal way, he thanked her and honored her for being his bride for 53 years. He said he fell in love with her the moment he saw her on their college campus in 1957 and never stopped loving her; and that he was the luckiest man alive to have shared a life with her. Obviously there was not a dry eye in the room! He passed a few days later. My sister surprised me for my birthday with the beautiful Forget-me-not sculpture which will forever remind me of my loving father and his beautiful bride, my mom.
Submitted by Carolyne Beers in Bozeman, MT, May 2013
My Mom died 15 years ago and I still miss her so much! Mother's Day is always hard for me because of the hole in my heart from her death. This year my husband bought me the Forget-me-not figurine for my Mother's Day gift. It is perfect because my Mom's favorite flowers were forget-me-nots!
Submitted by Shannon in Illinois, April 2013
I bought this for my 11 year old daughter to give to her best friend (also 11) as a sympathy gift for the loss of her mother. I had a hard time finding the right thing, and I think this covers it. She just wanted her best friend to know she was thinking of her.
Submitted by Lynne Davescovich-Butcher in Christchurch, New Zealand, April 2013
I have had a very dear friend called Joanne. Joanne and I met when I started work 32 years ago and we struck up a great friendship. She had a very bubbly fun personality, had a lot of friends, and would cycle everywhere. Just before this Easter (27 March) she was knocked off her bike and killed. Today I bought one of the Willow figurines "Forget-Me-Not" in memory of Jo.
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Submitted by Louise in Australia, January 2013
My name is Louise and I work in a school with students with special needs. For the past seven years I worked with a student with Autism. During this seven year period we built up a lovely relationship. I was very sad to have to say goodbye (for now) as she is moving onto high school. This was a very poignant moment for me, especially when she gave me a 'Willow Tree 'Forget-me-not' ornament. This was so touching as this was her way of saying 'thank you and 'forget-me-not'. She did not know that I collect Willow Tree ornaments. This one is added to my meaningful collection. Thank you, Susan for your lovely creativity. Best regards Louise
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Submitted by CHRISTY in Citrus Heghts, CA, December 2012
I have been buying Willow Tree angels for my daughter Cara for many years. My mother decided when she was born that her Christmas ornament theme would always be angels, so when I found the Willow Tree line I was so excited that I would be able to get her something each year that she could leave out and not have to pack away. She loved them as well. We lost her to her depression in November 2011.I had already bought her angel for that year but we barely even got a tree up before Christmas day, so it was never opened. This year as I was shopping I stopped and looked at the display and wasn't sure I could approach it; but I saw one on display with a bouquet of blue flowers. I knew I had to have it, and as I looked at the name "Forget me Not" it brought tears to my eyes. I held the box tightly to my heart as I went to the cashier to check out.I thank you for what you design even though you may not really know "exactly" how it will impact a life. I have peace in my life that comes from my Heavenly Father and you have added a smile to that peace. Thank you! Christy
Submitted by Anna in Streator,, December 2012
I have several Willow Tree Angels which I've received over the years. However, none mean more to me than the Forget-Me-Not which I just received for my 48th birthday in November. She came from my cousin, Pat. We've reconnected over the past 6 months after 15 years of separation -- life just got in the way. Our reunion was bittersweet since it came at my brother's funeral. Pat was my best friend growing up. I just didn't know how much of a void there was until she came back into my life. I love her gentle reminder to never again forget our special bond!
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Submitted by Nita in Texas, October 2012
My parents died within 5 days of each other in 2009. I missed them both so much. I would talk to my mom almost every afternoon as I drove home from school. In March of 2010, I was called to the school office to talk about a new student. He had many, many problems and his Mom had finally gotten custody of him again. God knew that I needed this child and that this child needed me. I was his anchor to safety at school. For the first few days, he was by my side the entire time. He could not read or even tell me the names of the letters. I worked with him as best I could until May. He repeated the next year and grew in confidence and knowledge. I chose his next year teacher and she kept me informed about his progress. I changed grade levels and when I did, his mom asked that her second son be in my class. This year, I have his younger sister. They are moving in a few days and I will miss the family so much. I have never had a student that has touched my heart the way this child did. His mom has become a special friend. I bought them the Forget me not, because I will never forget this little family. I wish them great success in their new home.
Submitted by Carmel in Melbourne. Australia, October 2012
My dearly loved maternal Nana died in about 1974. Nana always had Forget-me-nots growing at her back door. When they were in bloom and we were leaving Nana's home she would pick a flower, give it to us, and say, Forget-me-not. The first time I saw this exquisite Figurine I had to buy one in memory of my Nana as I have never forgotten her caring and loving ways. Thank you for creating such a beautiful figurine. Carmel
Submitted by Loui in Sugar Land, Tx, September 2012
On July 26, 2012, my daughter-in-law and four of her six children were in a terrible car accident. Two of our granddaughters were killed and one had severe brain trauma. She is still in a coma in the hospital. I wanted to have something in my shelf with the pictures of Tristen (14) and Madeliene (12). I saw the statue at our church bookstore and thought it would be perfect with their pictures since we could never forget those two precious loving girls. The little girl with the blue forget-me-nots is perfect. When I look I remember little moments we had together which was nearly every day. Now we go to the Texas Medical Center each day to be with Our sweet Maegen who is nineteen. I know the prayers said in her behalf every day are helping her very much. Daily we see tiny improvements.
Submitted by Jennette in Montana, July 2012
I work in a Christian school. In this school all of the teachers and extra staff work on a voluntary basis,and it has been a delight to do so for so many years now. My husband and I have had plans to move from Montana to Ohio, and in doing so I will be leaving this awesome school but starting to help in a different one in Ohio. I have had to tell my students about me moving and one of them, a little boy (Christopher) and I have had this great relationship for two years now. When I told him I was going to move he started saying "you will forget all about me" and during the course of the school year I would always remind him by saying "Christopher I will never forget you!" He has tried and tried to convince me through the school year that I just could not go, that all of my stuff just could not fit in my truck, that I just could not drive all that way, and the list goes on and on. But at his first grade graduation this year he gave me a gift, the Forget-me-not statue that he picked out all by himself. His mom told me that he read the name of it and he said "that statue is perfect for my teacher. She will never forget me!" What a delight to know that such a huge heart is inside of him and what a wonderful friendship we get to have! Christopher I will always remember you! Your Teacher and Friend, Mrs. Jennette
Submitted by Sophia in China, July 2012
I'm a Chinese.I recieved the Forget-me-not from my American friend Barbara.I lost my baby boy last month.He left my life in 24hours after he left my body.I was so sad that I cannot talk to anybody.Then Barbara sent this Willow Tree to me which reminds me the baby,and the happy time in pregnancy.Many thanks to my friend Barbara.I think I can handle it when time goes by.
Submitted by Elaine in Western Australia, July 2012
Received from my Barmy Best pal Jackie, as we are now living a long distance apart due to me moving to the other side of the world. I think of Jackie and the mad happy times we shared when I look at my Forget-me-not. I love it
Submitted by Rhonda in AR, June 2012
My name is Rhonda; my dad died two years ago at the VA hospital in Little Rock. Dad had suffered for about 5 years from dementia. The Willow Tree with the forget me nots reminds me of my dad. The forget me not is a special reminder of what dad went through and a special reminder not to forget. Fathers day was pretty rough this year.. however, Saturday in the mail box was my Willow Tree forget-me-not!
Submitted by Hossein in Iran, June 2012
I received Forget-me-not yesterday from my friend to whom I am devoted. She gave me a lovely surprise by this great gift.I was really overjoyed when she gave me this beautiful gift. Unfortunately she is going to leave our country in the near future and I hope this special sculpture can span any distance. Thank you Chakameh and thank you Willow Tree for the moments of happiness that you both brought to me.
Submitted by Fran in Utah, May 2012
I fell in love with this piece immediately. It evokes memories of my mother singing the 1929 song, "Where The Sweet Forget-Me-Nots Remembers." Thank you, Fran
Submitted by Crystal in Ut, May 2012
--Forget-Me-Not-- My sweet sister-in-law just gave me the Forget-Me-Not figurine for my birthday. I'll be moving with my family out of state very soon, and her sweet gesture brought me to tears. I love the Willow Tree figurines and have been collecting them for over 10 years. My husband has bought me one for nearly every special occasion. Our marriage, my first pregnancy- once when I'd been nursing sick children for over a week, he bought me Child of My Heart. I love the memories now associated with each piece I own.
Submitted by Barbara in Texas, May 2012
One of our church leaders gave an amazing talk called "Forget Me Not." He talked about an old German legend that just as God finished naming all the plants, a tiny voice spoke out and said, "Forget me not, O Lord!" So, God gave that its name. In his talk, he assigned each petal of the Forget Me Not to encourage women. They are: First, forget not to be patient with yourself. Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice. Third, forget not to be happy now. Fourth, forget not the "why" of the gospel. And fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you. Thank you for designing this figurine. I have purchased one for myself, my daughter and three daughters-in-law to help remind them of this special talk.
Submitted by Debra in ne, April 2012
I just purchased Forget-me not. My sister passed away last year and I miss her a lot. She was born during the month of September and loved flowers. This Willow Tree design reminds me of her and I do "Hold thoughts of her closely" when I see it. Thank You. Submitted by Debbie
Submitted by Marly in UK, April 2012
One of my leaving gifts from my colleagues, after 10 years working together, was the Forget-Me-Not figurine. They chose it so I wouldn't forget them, but what they didn't know was that forget-me-nots have always been my favourite wild flower, I'm also leaving the UK this year to live in Alaska, and their state flower is the forget-me-not! A very special gift :-) Marly, UK
Submitted by Cindy in MT, March 2012
My life-long friend gave me the "Forget-me-not" Willow Tree figurine as a reminder of 5 very special guidelines for happiness in these confusing times: 1)Forget not to be patient with yourself; 2)Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice; 3)Forget not to be happy now; 4)Forget not the "why" of the gospel of Jesus Christ; 5) Forget not that the Lord loves you.
Submitted by Amy in Ny, February 2012
I just purchased Forget-Me-Not in memory of my mother who passed away one month ago. She loved angels, and I love Willow Tree because each one captures a moment in life that is a significant memory or a time period that is important. My mother was also a great friend of mine; she was taken from us suddenly. I miss her and love her so much. I am proud to be her daughter. She did an amazing job raising me. I want to cherish every moment I had with her. Mom, I love you! Love, Amy
Submitted by Mariah in Saskatchewan, February 2012
This summer a girl from Germany came to Saskatchewan and lived with my neighbours. She stayed for six months and we became very good friends. I always knew that she would have to leave but I pushed it into the back of my mind. A couple weeks ago she went back to Germany. Before she left I gave her the Forget Me Not figurine. I will always remember that she said "I will never forget you." Thank you Willow Tree for creating such meaningful figures.
Submitted by LYNN in SOUTH AUSTRALIA, February 2012
When my dear old mum passed away at 89, we found this poem in her belongings for her children and a hand embroidery of the Forget me not flowers. "Think of me when you're lonely Keep for me one tender spot In the heart of your recollections Plant me one forget me not" We have since planted these in her memory. If anyone knows the name of the poem I would love to find it. Who knows it may just be her own. RIP Amy, Mam, Old Nan, Nan and my best friend.
Submitted by Tina in Maryland (MD), January 2012
As I prepared for a move from El Paso, TX, some dear friends gave me the Willow Tree "Forget-me-not." I just unpacked it in my new home on the east coast, and placed it in a prominent place in the kitchen. Every time I see it, I think of them, and my heart is a bit sad, as I miss them, but glad to have them as friends.
Submitted by Janet in IA, January 2012
I just purchased 'Forget Me Not' on my 73rd birthday. The forget me not flowers were chosen to represent Alzheimer's Disease. I have collected Willow Tree for many years after a co-worker and very good friend bought 'Together' for our wedding anniversary. A few years later, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. I was his caregiver at our home for many years until he had to go into a nursing home in Feb. of 2011. It now has been almost a year and it is still devastating to watch him as the disease takes away more and more of the husband that I have known and loved for the last 54 years. This figurine has been added to the others that I have been given or have bought over the years to be added to my collection of angels. I love the meaning behind each of them and the memories of our life together that they bring back to me. All of my collection is very special to me, but especially "Together," "Grandmother," and now "Forget Me Not." By reading your stories, I see how very special Willow Tree statues really are to many people. Thank you, Willow Tree Janet, West Des Moines, Iowa.
Submitted by Jacqueline in Scotland, January 2012
I lost my dad on 3rd January, 2011. Dad had told my mum that he wanted a song called Sweet Forget Me Not played at his funeral, which we did. Mum has a locket with Forget Me Not on it and a photo of dad inside. We also had the words Forget Me Not written on Dad's headstone. When I saw Willow Tree Forget Me Not, I had to get one for my mum and my sister, which I did for Christmas. Mum and my sister then bought one for me. It means such a lot. Thank you Willow Tree.
Submitted by Rena in New Jersey, December 2011
I received Forget-me-not today from my friend who I worked with in a school three years ago. I'm a Chinese. To start working in a new environment is challenging for me. Thank God, I was so lucky that Mary worked there. She was so nice to me, and helped me a lot. We became friends. Since we left there, we get together once a year around the holiday. And today, when we met at lunch, she gave me this and said, "this is something special for you; look when you get home." Now I realize this has personal meaning just for me, as it says. She represents timeless friendship and love that spans any distance.
Submitted by Dawn in OH, December 2011
For seven years I was blessed to be the owner of a Red Dobergirl who was funny and sweet, smart and stubborn. She was the perfect companion. I lost her two years ago to Dilated Cardio Myopathy--I miss her every day, my Nora. In rememberance of her, I had a small forget-me-not tattooed on the inside of my left wrist and it is as if she sends me her Doberman smile every day. This Christmas, my mother gave me your figurine. I couldn't help the tears that welled up, but they were tears of joy that my emotion was so beautifully expressed in this thoughtful and simple figure holding the bunch of forget-me-nots. Thank You!!
Submitted by Jacqueline in CA, December 2011
I just received my first Willow Tree sculpture (Forget-Me-Not) from my dear friend Carolina. She surprised me over lunch on December 18, 2011. I was not familiar with Willow Tree and was touched by the meaning of this gift. The Forget-Me-Not is so precious and appropriate coming from my friend, because we have a connection that I will never forget and will treasure always. We don't get to see each other much, and each time I look at the little Willow Tree figure I will think of her. It is close to my heart as is our friendship. Love you lots!
Submitted by reyhane in iran, December 2011
A few months ago my best friend went to another country,maybe forever. Forget-me-not shows my feelings. I think this Willow Tree is very good for giving her :)
Submitted by Cindy in FL, December 2011
I always check out the Willow Tree display in stores to see what is new and what I might add to my collection. Forget-me-not caught my eye because of the beautiful blue flowers she was holding. I picked it up to see what it said on the bottom and when I read those words tears came to my eyes as I spoke these words out loud to my husband "You will never be forgotten." My husband of almost 32 tears passed away June 28, 2009. As you can imagine "Forget-me-not" came home with me and is a daily reminder of someone I love very, very much!
Submitted by Christelle in Les Abymes, October 2011
I worked for six weeks with someone I did not know at all. Finally at the end when we were friends and I was about to leave she came to me with this tiny box she was so exited for me to open it. when I saw the gift she said "forget me not". I have never learned how to forget someone so it will be difficult for me to forget her. The most important thing is that this present is on my desk now. Every time I watch it a smile comes on my face in remembrance of the person she is and of our time working together. Now it has also the significance of our remembrance of planninig the relief society meeting for general conference. Friends are for life Friends are to love
Submitted by Rebecca in Ca, October 2011
I just recently lost my beautiful mom, October 2011. She and my dad had nine daughters and one son. She died suddenly of complications from a fall. We weren't ready for her to go yet. We had lost our dad six years earlier. I remember one time, after a visit,she gave me a clump of flowers from her garden to take with me. She told me to plant them in my garden. "They're forget me nots," she said," I don't want you to forget me!" She was so funny, I only live three hours away. Remembering that story, I looked up 'forget me not' flowers online. That's when I saw your statue. Amongst many pictures of flowers was a picture of that little girl with her head bowed into the bouquet of "Forget me nots." I couldn't believe it...I collect your figurines!! I truly believe something led me there--my mom. I have purchased it and so did one of my sisters. I only wish I could get one for the rest of them. It will soften the pain, just a little. I'm so amazed that this beautiful figurine came out the same year that my mom left us. Thank you so much for what you do.
Submitted by Reba in LA, October 2011
My beautiful blue eyed 19 yr old niece was tragically killed on her way to visit my family this year by a driver under the influence. Her mother bought blue forget me nots for my Mom for Mother's Day in her memory. My boss purchased this Willow Tree for my birthday without even knowing the story. So I treasure this figurine in memory of Megan.
Submitted by Jacqueline in New York, July 2011
Forget-me-not When I was a little girl, my grandparents had a farm in Vermont. Past the milk house ran a brook and along the edges of the brook grew forget-me-nots. They grow best near water. My grandmother had given me an infant’s ring with three forget-me-nots on it, so these flowers have always been special to me. When my husband became critically ill, we had a water garden put in on our property. It has a stream on one side and a waterfall on the other. One of the first plants that I planted by the stream in my grandmother’s memory was forget-me-nots. They bloomed well and my husband enjoyed them. When I lost my husband to cancer, I had a tattoo of a heart with forget-me-nots entwined on it. Then just recently I lost my mother and then a dear cousin within three months of each other. When Willow Tree came out with the forget-me-not angel, I just had to have it to add to my collection. I bought it today!!
Submitted by Karen in tx, July 2011
I purchased this for my sister. She has a hard time getting a certain flower to grow and they grew great for me. Also we are 1,000 miles apart and I don't want her to forget me!
Submitted by Deborah in NE, July 2011
Just Lovely! I purchased 'Forget-Me-Not' yesterday on the second birthday of our granddaughter, Jensina. Jensina was born with a heart defect July 11, 2009 and after only 56 days of life with us here she was lifted into the arms of the Lord to ever live with Him. I bought this as a gift for our son and daughter-in-law and Jensina's sister, Everly. Thank you.
Submitted by Britny in Oregon, June 2011
I haven't bought this yet, but I will! I lost my son to stillbirth in 2007. I have my ups and downs, but lately it's been tough. I saw a poem on the internet about Forget-Me-Nots--it was beautiful. Since then, I've put that poem everywhere. It seems like a sign that you put this out there! Poem: Somewhere there is a field of lovely forget-me-nots, Delicate blooms for lives lost too soon, Whispering forget me not...