Let it Go….

Ms Mae is four. Ms Mae is four and ever so grown up!

Ms Mae

Birthday Girl –  Mae

What can her family and friends learn from the passing of another 365 days.

As clichéd as it sounds, the Frozen themed cake chosen by the angelic birthday girl was ever so fitting.

In the year it took for Mae to add assume the proud title of ‘ Ms Four’ their have been many a challenge bestowed upon her nearest and dearest.

Health scares, illness, fatigue and mental exhaustion, babies born and new additions on the horizon, friends acquired and departures from this life to the next, house sales and house acquisitions, job changes, challenges and upsets. Many a life lesson learnt, and all of them acquired the hard way, the only way…..

Through the toil and tears, heart ache and heart-break, joy, tears, laughter and sorrow, there has been one constant….Ms Mae and her smile,  a daily reminder for us to ‘let it go’, the stress , the worry, and as best as one can, endeavour to live in the here and now.

Not as easy task when faced with the blizzards and snowstorms of 2014.

But so often the rainbows, sunshine and clear skies of the past year were due to Ms Mae.

So Happy Happy Birthday and thank you…..For your smile, your laughter and the love you give to family and friends…Gifts which you give willingly and freely, making it easier for us all to’ Let it Go’ when the going gets tough.

Let it Go - Frozen Birthday Cake

Let it Go – Frozen Birthday Cake

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A True Valentine, my Grandfather

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My Grandfather was many things, patient, considerate, humble and kind. A man with a talent for slow story telling, piano playing and gardening. A handsome man, striking good looks and tall, a giant amongst men. He was a man who knew the importance of a career, of a job well done, no matter your station in life.

But above all things, my Grandfather knew the importance of love, love of family, friends, neighbours and pets. The love he had for my Nan, his wife Joan, was the enduring kind. In March last year they had celebrated 70 years of marriage. To Grandfather, Joan was his ‘ Darling’, his ‘ Number One’.

So it seems fitting that today being Valentines Day, my Grandfather opted out of this celebration. Nan passed away mid way through last year, and he was simply lost without her. Heartbroken, the love of his life who had swept him off his feet at just 20 years of age was no longer by his side.

And now he too has passed from this life.

He did so a mere six days ago.I like to think that he checked out so as not to be alone today, the day when we stop for the briefest of moments to celebrate love in its many wondrous forms.So strong was the love they shared, 70 years of Valentines Days celebrations, that spending one alone, was, for my Grandfather, too much to bear.

Today the are united together again, in love and friendship. True companions in every sense of the word. Two people who lived exemplary lives. I will be forever thankful for the life lessons, the joy and love these two people gifted me.

Happy Valentines Day.

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