I have just returned from a road trip, a family road trip in which my younger brother, my mother and I traveled for what seemed like six weeks to Donegal, (it was in reality an eight and a half hour round trip, but you get my drift). We were traveling to a relatives funeral, someone … More Back to my roots.
Anniversaries. We all mark them. We say, ‘One week ago today’, or ‘This day last month’. Our birthdays, wedding anniversaries and memorable occasions. Today is October 7th. To some of you it is a Tuesday of little importance. To others it is an anniversary, a special day. Today October 7th is a significant anniversary in … More We have not forgotten.
Today twenty six years ago, a light went out in my life. I am far from home today, so I cannot hug my mum, and share a little of her sadness. I cannot go to put flowers, on the place his body rests. But I can remember. So Dad just in case you are hanging … More I miss him my old man
This day twenty six years ago, my dad had two days left to live. I knew time was running out, but I did not fully appreciate, that the end was so close. We had got used to the idea, that you would die, but never your death. I was twenty one years old. A trainee … More “Daddy watch me”
Ten months ago in our village, a young boy aged fifteen died. Every day since his funeral, his dad sits by his grave. He is sometimes joined by other family members, but mostly he’s alone. He arrives every day, early morning, and stays until after dark, leaving briefly at lunch and dinnertime to eat. I … More Letting Go.