"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

This time last year ...


I have this photo of Dad as my screensaver. To me, it epitomises his second best way of spending a few hours in his latter years. His first, of course, would have been being up there on the footplate, rather than dispensing wisdom and advice from a safe distance.
Christmas last year was not great. Dad had started to go downhill with what was to be his last few weeks and Boxing Day saw him taken into hospital, where he stayed until things were in place for him to go home to receive palliative care until his death on February 4th. We have long been aware that, in Dad's family, there was a strong pattern of previous generations breathing their last in February or March and in this, Dad was true to form.
This Christmas, he has been very much in our thoughts and very much missed.


8 comments:

  1. This touched my heart. He loved you too, Jenny.

    Dale Pringle.

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  2. Such a good tribute to your dad. <3

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  3. I'm sad for your loss but I love the picture (and I wish that I had his wonderful hair).

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    1. It was beginning to thin slightly, Graham, but at 93, I guess one can't complain. ;)

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  4. The second picture is lovely Jenny. You had him for a long time and I am a little envious as my father died at 65 when I was 26. He never even got to see my wife or my children.

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    1. You're quite right, YP, we did have him a long time and he saw all his grandchildren grow to adulthood.

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