If I were to ask you a question can you give an honest answer? Do you give blood? If not why not? Before you get all shouty and announce you can’t for some medical or social reason it is not you I am asking, it is everyone else… The facts speak for themselves, in Ireland … More What is stopping you?
Today, Easter Sunday, is a day of celebration and remembrance to many around the world. So with that in mind, and because I missed organ donation awareness week, I’d like to repost this in order to celebrate and remember a very special boy Ben, and his brave family. Ben has not been forgotten by so … More Celebrating Easter, Remembering Ben.
Can you believe it’s April already? Even my youngest commented this evening ‘This is the fastest year ever.’ Yet as I spent time with Daniels mum today it struck me how raw her grief remains. While most will look back and think November 2013 was almost four years ago, for a mother and father who … More The world keeps turning.
I was one of a group of student nurses who came to visit the ‘home’ one day in early 1985. Even at the time I remember wondering as to the ‘home’s’ purpose. Why did these girls have to go there? Did none of them want to keep their babies? Why were they not in their … More To the girl in the mother and baby home…I’m sorry.
Sometimes for no apparent reason a memory comes roaring back, interrupting thoughts and breaking your heart all over again. Today, while making dinner, grief came calling just as it did a few years ago when I first wrote this. Grief is a lifetime of pain, sometimes obvious, sometimes hidden but always there. Tonight the families … More They say nothing lasts forever… Grief does.
Here is a Valentines day post I first wrote three years ago remembering fondly the man who taught me what love meant… For you Dad.xx This morning I woke and as usual I paid very little attention to Valentines Day. However within minutes of getting up I was embarrassed into remembering it’s not just about … More Remembering my first true love.
I look in the mirror and see lines and wrinkles. My birthday is fast approaching, which tells me I’m another year older. Yet as I type this I feel as young as I did in my twenties. However I am not the same person I was back then, nor am I the same mother. During … More One mother’s evolution…
Today is Daniels birthday, he would be seventeen years old. As I typed that I had to pause. Seventeen is a world away from the young thirteen year old he was when he moved on to new adventures. Do we now think of him as seventeen, or will he forever be thirteen? It is hard … More Remembering Daniel. Seventeen today.
So here I am back again and the madness and mayhem of Christmas is behind us. Thankfully for me it was a really lovely Christmas, our children were all home, and stayed friendly with each other! One of my favourite things about Christmas, is that for a short while we become the family we would … More Pausing between meals
Just a very quick note to wish you all a very happy Christmas, holiday’s or whatever the next few days mean to you in your world. Here in Ireland we go a little crazy and the Christmas day celebrations extend well into the New Year. Tonight I can at last relax and enjoy the season. … More Happy Christmas/Holidays