Last Friday I was invited to a special lunch with a group of close friends. I always look forward to this occasion as it’s a fun afternoon of wonderful food and plenty of wine. Put in the mix the chat and company of good friends and what’s not to enjoy? However, this was no ordinary … More We thank you, Anam Cara.
They say time heals and sometimes I wonder if it’s true. Do we heal or do we just mend and learn to live with the scars? I’ve seen friends cope with extraordinary grief but I cannot ever imagine they will heal. I myself have been broken and today I wonder am I healed? Why today? … More Does time heal?
This day next week my youngest will turn sixteen. As I ponder where the years have gone I was reminded of this post I wrote a few years ago. When the last door closes. Last night was a night like any other. There was no sign. No warning. We said ‘Goodnight’ and off she went, … More A trip down memory lane.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to London with my three girls. Yer man was surplus to requirements so stayed at home and my son was at college. Over the years we had hoped to bring our children to Disneyland Paris but it was never the right time financially. As I … More Good or Bad parenting?
Today Daniel is eighteen… even though in all our minds he remains forever thirteen. Today more than ever we try to imagine what changes the years would have brought for him? Looking at his friends we know he’d be taller, broader, stronger. In the eyes of the world, today he would become an adult. A world … More Happy Birthday Daniel.
The other day I was asked this question. I hadn’t really thought I did much to ‘relax’ or to help me stay sane in any day. Turns out I was wrong. Once I got thinking about it it would appear that I do quite a lot every day to reduce stress, little things like pour … More How do you relax?
Tomorrow is Daniels fourth anniversary. It seems impossible to believe. As the day creeps towards us many memories flood back, those dreadfully difficult days in the hospital towards the end, the final decision to allow him home and the happiness and relief when Daniel finally got to realise his wish to return home. This month … More Lighten up and live a little.
Today is Thanksgiving across the seas. If I were to look at my stats for this blog it would show me that most of my readers are from the United States (Ireland is second and India third in case you were wondering.) So with that in mind I thought I’d better get all American and … More Happy Thanksgiving all you over there.
So I promised I’d share one of the stories (very short stories) from my memoir course. I have an idea that in time I’ll write a series of short stories covering the many different events in my life to date and put them all together into one book. Some will be challenging, others funny but … More As promised…
Thirty years ago today my world stopped turning with the words ‘Dad’s gone.’ A lifetime has happened since, I qualified as a nurse, Got engaged, Married, Became a mum, Miscarried, Became ‘Mum’ to three more children, Attended first days at school and graduations. Celebrated birthdays, Christmas’s and many different occasions, All without Dad. Thirty years … More What’s another year?