It’s a been a very busy and bittersweet new year so far. Sadly, my partner Steve’s grandfather, Tyssul, passed away over the festive period. If you are a crafter you may have seen the one and only complete scrapbook I’ve ever made which was for Tyssul’s 90th birthday in 2008.
Last Saturday we paid tribute to a full and fascinating life of a man who will be missed by many. As Tyssul was a prisoner of war in Taiwan a wonderful man, Mr Hughes MBE, Vice President of the Burma Star Association travelled around 70 miles to offer a very moving soldier’s prayer.
Mr Hughes’ salute appeared as firm and strong as that of any twenty year old and that, in itself, made me really stop and think of all the ‘forgotten soldiers’ and how their young lives were spent in comparison to the luxury of freedom we now know.
I sincerely believe there is always something positive to be found even in the saddest of situations. The church was absolutely full and many stayed after for tea and cakes.
Steve’s mum made the observation that many people only seem to meet up for major occasions in life but we forget to keep in touch on a regular basis. She expressed how important it is that we all don’t let time slip away.
Her words really hit home with me and so this is the little bit of ‘something positive’ to be had from that discussion.
This year I will do my very best to keep up with friends and family and not let time run away from us. I can’t count how many times I’ve put off inviting friends over because the house is a mess, but true friends come to see me, not the house, so why have I let dust and clutter get in the way of sustaining friendships? Does this sounds familiar?
So this new year is a perfect opportunity to make that extra effort to write that letter, make that phone call or just have a night in together with someone important.
New year, old friends and, of course, lots of new memories to make together. I’m starting by inviting some friends to Sunday lunch this weekend and we’ll simply have to ignore the ‘lived in’ house and just enjoy each other.
I wish you all the best for 2009 and thanks for taking the time to read this.
Love, Catherine x