The weather in Ireland at the moment is beautiful. It is warm, and sunny with clear blue skies. The countryside around where I live is beautiful in such weather, and even though I am living here a long time I never tire of looking at it. When I do it lifts my spirits and I feel my batteries recharge.
I have spoken before of the regular walks I take with my friends, in particular the young warriors mom. Today I walked it again, with two great friends.
As often happens during the walk having spoken on many topics our conversation turned to young Daniel. How much he is missed. My friend spoke of going to her house in West Cork last week, a place where Daniel and his siblings had run wild. As she was looking across to the pier she saw a car arrive and the doors open. Out jumped four children who all ran in different directions before jumping off into the sea. She was transported back to the life she took for granted two short summers ago. And then she remarked, “I will spend a lifetime looking for him”. And we had to agree.
As the first Summer arrives there will be many more times when we see four children enjoying life, and we will forever think of how four became three. However we are also reminded of the wonderful life Daniel enjoyed so much, and the huge effect he had on those he has left behind. Not least his friends and companions.
Last week his basketball team won the All Ireland Final. Dan had known they were very good and last year he had hoped to get back to school with the sole intention of being part of that team. During the winning speech his team mates aged thirteen, remarked that they had each carried a bit of Dan with them during the game. Then they finished off their speech by asking everyone to join with them in a one minute clap for Dan.
I thought it was a lovely happy way to remember him, and definitely one which he would have thoroughly enjoyed if he had been there to witness it.
Who knows maybe he did.