Today, October 9th, is my father’s 35th anniversary. I could tell you what a lovely dad he was, but it is better to, ‘Show, don’t tell.’ So, here he is. Let me set the scene. 1980’s Dublin. I was a rather boyish, seven- or eight-year-old girl, the fourth in a family of five. My cousin, … More Gone but never forgotten.
Growing up most of our photographs were of holidays, birthdays, gatherings or special occasions. If I were to have taken a ‘selfie’ as a teenager, people would have questioned my sanity. Nowadays, I rarely pose or share photos of myself and often forget to take my camera out during special occasions, but that doesn’t mean, … More Capturing the moments.
When we lose someone life changes forever. Grief comes calling and brings with it exhaustion and a sadness no joy can lift. We understand the world is still turning and people are busy with their lives, but it is a lonely place to be. As time passes people move on, and as they are busy … More Remembering…
Yesterday was Father’s Day and for the first time in over thirty years I didn’t miss my dad, because this year he’d been joined by Mum. It felt different. Strange but definitely less lonely. Looking around old posts in a bid to recall thoughts and relive better times I found this one. How much of … More How much of any day do we really live?
Grief… when a kind friend gives you a gift token to buy a plant or tree to celebrate my mum’s life and I pick up the phone to tell my mum about it. Grief… when you live a life based on this time last month or last year. Grief… when the pain of looking at … More The Price Of loving… Worth Every Tear.
We all wear masks. We lie every day, even to our loved ones, and often they know we are lying. It is easier that way. Today I stood making dinner as the sun beamed in the window. I could see my husband outside working in the garden and my kids were around the house doing … More Feckin onions.
If you had three wishes, what would you wish? Today’s daily prompt asks, Who do you give your three wishes to, and why? By coincidence earlier today I had written a post titled… If I could. Imagine if you had three wishes, what would you do? As a child I can remember thinking I was … More If I could…
Can you imagine how you would feel if the next phone call you received was one telling you a loved one was in a serious accident? Can you imagine walking into your childs room to discover they are unconscious? Imagine the rush to the hospital, the fear and then the silence of sitting in the … More Unintentional Hero.
The weather and time have changed and as if overnight we now live in a beautiful country of sunshine and long evenings. As I step outside the air even seems to smell of Spring and the promise of Summer. Could it be that we could possibly have another Summer of good weather? Two in a … More The first Summer without you.
“You have cancer”. Can you imagine sitting in a surgery and hearing that? Now imagine sitting there with your husband or partner and hearing “Your son/daughter has cancer”. Imagine the next scene, if your child is old enough, you must sit there and support your son or daughter, as they hear for the very first … More Aoibheanns Pink Tie. One fathers positive response to the loss of his child.