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Thursday, February 03, 2005

A Request

As I wrote earlier in the blog, I started a new job on January 4th. And in the past month I've come to realize that I am surrounded by interesting and friendly people at work. However, one lady in particular stands out. She is a kind soul, and the sort of good person that leads by example. The husband of this good lady (himself a fine man by all accounts) died suddenly today. And while I, like so many others I know, have said prayers for the family in this heart-breaking time, I thought I might make a request of anyone reading this entry.

No, I don't intend to ask you to pray. If that is in your heart, you will without any prompting from a stranger. However, I thought that this would be the best time to express to those I love, or like very well, etc... how much they mean to me. I would ask that if you will, please tell your nearest and dearest that you love them. Maybe you could call an old friend or smile at a stranger tomorrow. And when you do, think kind thoughts also of this fine man and his grieving family. Your kindnesses to one another in honor of these good people will be greatly appreciated by me and surely by the loved ones and strangers you communicate with.

I can think of no finer tribute.

Thank you.


  • Life is long, and yet short. Having read Thia's blog entry I had planned to visit my nan on Friday or Saturday. She had been in a carehome for a long while [due to her needing constant attention] but during the past week she had taken a turn for the worst. On Thursday [3rd Feb] she passed away just hours away from her 97th birthday.

    I hadn't seen her as often as I probably should have over the past few years due to moving away, having a family, and all those things that eat up the time we have. My memories of her are fond, and happy. She was stubborn, but sweet with it. Despite being frail she would always insist on making visitors cups of tea, and bringing in slices of cake or biscuits. She would always have the TV on extremely loud [ and half the time would forget to turn her hearing aid on ]. She was always travelling with her friends to the coast, and it seemed like every time we visited her we'd be given sticks of rock (and later) boxes of fudge/toffee.

    She was the longest surviving of all my grandparents [the others passed away during the 80's] All my memories of her are happy ones. I regret not asking her about the past, all things she'd seen, family I'd had - but didn't know about (I know a fair bit about the family on my mother's side, but on my dad's... other than his sister and her children, I know quite little).

    I'm probably going on a bit now, I should stop. I'll end by saying that when we're young, we feel we have all the time in the world, but before you know it years have passed. The world has moved on. So, like Thia said, take time to let those you love know you care.

    By Blogger M., At 11:12 AM, February 07, 2005  

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