Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Family and Friends

It's been a big day.

Today my middle child Olivia turned 17. How did that happen? It was only a few moments ago she was born! We had a fun morning with crumpets and presents for breakfast. (our family tradition) and off to school and work! Olivia said that today was amazing - she deserves to have had an amazing birthday.  She does so many things to help me - always obliging. So much so that I have to remind myself not to take her for granted! (Actually always obliging EXCEPT when I ask her to tidy her room!)

Only a half day at work today because this afternoon I went to the funeral of the Mum my dear friend Denise. Eileen was a very kind, thoughtful, loving positive lady who approached everything in her life with grace and courage. I felt so sad to say goodbye to her. She was always pleased to see us and she and Denise's Dad invited us to their combined 80th party, 5 years ago. They asked Glenn then if when the time came, would he take their funerals. Yes of course he would, hoping that would be many years ahead in the future.
Sadly that time for both of them came this year, Denis in May and Eileen today. It felt surreal, we sat in the same church 3 months ago and it felt to so strange to be back there today. Too soon. I listened as Denise spoke about her parents - she was so brave. Far braver than she would believe herself to be. Denise and I have been friends for 16 years now. I am so blessed to have her as my friend.

We had extended family here for dinner tonight. It was a fun evening and I was reminded how lucky I am to have such a fabulous family. I was also mindful how lucky we were to be celebrating for a happy reason.

Something else incredible happened to me today. I got a text out of the blue this morning from a relatively new friend. It simply said : "thank you for being you and for being part of my life. I am grateful and humble to be part of yours"
This friend every Wednesday does things for others with no expectation of anything in return and appreciates the chance to be grateful for all that they have. What an amazing thing to do!

This text had a profound effect on me (it's been a day of tears). That someone would take the time to text that to me, or someone else is wonderful. It made my day and made me realise how grateful I am for my amazing Family and  for my amazing Friends (old and new).

It's the small things that matter isn't it! xx

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