A little late, here is my column from last weeks Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. When myself and himself first began going out together, my mother often said, “When they made you they matched you.” This might sound like a lovely romantic comment, but alas my mum was usually saying it in exasperation over our rather laid … More There I am in the paper #19
Do you play the Lotto? What would you do if you won a massive jackpot? During the week someone in Ireland won eighty eight million euro on the European Lottery. Imagine winning that much money? What would you spend it on? I’d like to think I’d give a sizable chunk to charity and the rest … More Money, money, money. What would you do?
If I could wave a magic wand, what age would I wish to return to? For a moment I imagined it would be my early childhood, up to the age of ten, when I really think I lived a wonderful life. But then I thought I’d have to live life from then to now and … More What age would you wish to be?
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
As November draws to a close it does so with a difficult final week. Tuesday November 29th is Daniel’s anniversary. Three years this year. He should be sixteen, pushing the teenage boundaries and beginning to blossom into the young man he would become. He should have beaten leukemia a childhood cancer with a very high … More For you my friend.
I feel like it’s been ages since I sat down to chat with you all. I know many of you probably think I’m busy beavering away writing my novel for NaNoWriMo, but alas I am not. I retired, bowed out, ran away or failed miserably,( use whichever you wish) at that writing challenge very early … More To write or not to write?
Here is number 4 in my list of five favourite posts I’ve written (inspired by Kate takes 5). This post was written at a time of great hope. My close friends son aged 13 had been in treatment for leukemia. After eight months intensive chemotherapy a bone marrow match was found. He had a chance. … More My favourites #4
So here we go with number three among the five favourite posts I’ve ever written. When you read it you will understand why I say this is not an actual favourite as it’s content was difficult to share, however it marked a new beginning for me. Prior to writing this I’d only ever told one … More My favourites #3 Silence is the greatest enabler of abuse.
Today is number 2 in my five favourite posts I’ve written. It proves beyond all reasonable doubt that I am indeed the greatest mother ever. My kids are lucky to have a mother like me. Do you remember all the wonderful things your mother taught you? No I thought not, neither do I. However as … More Favourites #2 My kids are lucky to have a mother like me.
Unless we have experienced it none of us can come close to imagining what it must be like to lose a child, or to watch them suffer. There are days when I remember with a smile, young Daniel (13) my friend’s son, and some of his more mischievous moments, then there are other days, when … More September, childhood cancer awareness month.