This day last week was special, and I missed it. I was on holidays, offline. It was the only time in ten days I felt compelled to write, so I wrote this on July 23rd using pen and paper. I know I’m posting it a week late, but Mum and Dad this one’s for you.
Today as I go to the pool, relax and joke with my family and enjoy the exhilarating experience of being dragged along behind a motor boat, a part of me is missing. For although I am hundreds of miles from Ireland a part of me checked out early this morning, packing no luggage, and made it’s way ‘home’. Not home to Cork where I currently live but to my real ‘home’, the home of my childhood days.
This part of me is the part I never gave away when I said ‘I do’. It is the part of me which didn’t take my husbands name, or grow up to be a mother. This part of me is the child I once was, the daughter of Agnes and John. The final piece in a jigsaw I never shared, the part that is me.
Today that ‘me’ was absent. Instead of awakening surrounded by family in sunny Portugal, I woke up in the bedroom of my childhood. Walking downstairs I entered the kitchen, where I knew you would be, radio on, sitting enjoying an early morning cup of tea. This morning we didn’t greet with our usual chirpy ‘Good morning’, but with a wordless hug. As we stood there, just for a moment, we faltered. Today July 23rd is your sixtieth wedding anniversary, your twenty eigth anniversary alone.
Sixty years ago a young twenty two year old Co Donegal man wed a beautiful twenty three year old Donegal woman. There was so much ahead, life so full of promise. The wedding photos speak volumes, the smile on your face, the glint in my dads eye. He clearly knew he had got the cream.
Over the years they stood strong as a pair, never rich in money but millionaires in all that matters. A motley crew of children joined them and despite the havoc they caused, the bonds of love and marriage remained tight.
Until life ended it all too soon when Dad got motor neurone disease and slipped away at the age of 54, with you by his side.
Today as I phoned instead of hugged you I wept for those lost twenty eight years. Life can be so cruel, but I was stopped in my tears when you said,
‘Tric I’d not change it if I could’.
You are right mum. I wouldn’t either.
Even though Dad cannot speak with us today I know he is near you. I have no doubt he is reminiscing alongside you and enjoying the many happy memories you both shared. I can hear him tittering at some of what you say, and I know he’s so proud of what you achieved over the past twenty eight years.
So it is only right to take time out today to toast the happy couple from all those years ago. Congratulations to you both on your diamond wedding anniversary. You certainly prove that ‘diamonds are forever’.
Just for you mum, I’ll repost the song you first danced to as man and wife. Listen to the lyrics I’ve no doubt they are true.
‘If things go wrong dear and fate is unkind ,
look over your shoulder I’m walking behind’.
photo credit: Engagement Ring [Photo 2] via photopin (license)
photo credit: August 6, 2009: Late night hands via photopin (license)
35 thoughts on “Diamonds are forever.”
A lovely and loving post, Tric. Hope your mother is keeping well.
Thank you. She is fantastic. An amazing lady.
I’m delighted to hear it. She sounds brilliant.
I might be a bit bias, but I think she is.
A wonderful tribute to your parents in their love for each other. It is wonderful to have memories that are “like diamonds.”
Thank you. Yes indeed my mum has so many as do we.
That’s a lovely sentiment from your Ma, tric. Hope the her day passed with it still firmly intact. 🙂
Thank you. It was indeed.
Beautiful, beautiful. I imagine it seems like a long time but no time at all.
Exactly. When I think of all he has missed, but then when I listen to my mum and all she remembers of their time together. Thank you.
Ah Tric this is gorgeous, absolutely brilliantly gorgeous. Happy anniversary to your beautiful parents.
Thank you. I plucked up the courage to tell my mum I posted this and she was very happy with it.
I’m glad you did! This surely felt like a gift to her.
That was sweet, Tric. Eddy Arnold is an old favorite from ages ago. ❤
The first time I heard this was at my brothers wedding two years ago. He put it on and danced with my mum. It’s beautiful.
Beautiful tribute to your parents. Happy Anniversary to both of them.
Thank you so much. It was a sad day for my mum, but a nice day to spend talking and reminiscing about the two of them together.
Glad you and your mom had an opportunity together to reminisce. Miss my mom and dad still. Sending you hugs, Tric.
what a lovely and caring post, tric. and i love your mother’s reply. that is love.
Thanks Beth. I agree. She read this and was delighted that her point came across.
What a lovely tribute! 🙂
Beautifully said. I can feel the love in the words that flowed from your heart.
Thank you Corina. They did indeed flow. That day I couldn’t rest until I’d written them.
So beautiful. Thanks so much for this xxxxxx
Thank you so much for letting me know you’d read it and enjoyed it.
Thank you for the beautiful tribute to your parents. It’s good to commemorate anniversaries to keep memories alive and honor the present, too.
Yes it is indeed. Thanks Joanne.
A lovely tribute to your parents.
Thanks Deb. I was a bit hesitant posting in as my mum is not a fan of appearing on my blog, but she read it and was happy.
Very beautiful tribute Tric 😀
What an absolutely beautiful post x