One of the things that life with Jessica taught me is to cherish the little moments. We were always aware that our time with her could be short and tried to enjoy that time as much as we could. On the whole, I think we succeeded. I have so many beautiful memories to look back on. Her death also taught me that life can change suddenly and unexpectedly, that tomorrow is never promised and to make the most of today. To hold my children close, let them know how very loved they are and to treasure the time I have with them.
This week has brought another reminder of the importance of cherishing moments with loved ones. On Monday, hubby and I went to the funeral of a beautiful and brave lady who had been one of my best friends at secondary school. She’d lost her only child, her three-year-old daughter, suddenly and unexpectedly four years ago from undiagnosed epilepsy. Six weeks later, my friend was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. She and her husband have been incredibly strong and brave. Every time I saw her, she had a smile on her face. She really was the most wonderful person and it was an honour to have been her friend. My thoughts are very much with her husband and her family.
Things that have made me smile this week
- Taking up Fiona from Coombe Mill’s kind offer of a stay there and booking our stay for Christmas. I am hoping that doing something different will help make this first Christmas without Jessica a little easier to bear.
- Thomas managing to stay awake through some of Tiny Talk for the first time.
- An afternoon sorting out the garden and managing to weed Jessica’s garden for the first time since Thomas arrived.
- Catching up with my family.
- Having Thomas snuggled up and napping in the sling.
- Going for an autumn walk after school.