Every so often, when life gets really tough, I need a bit of help. Now I have some lovely people on my side in this world – family and friends who support me – but just occasionally when I have to be exceptionally brave, I call upon departed souls.
I imagine that my three angels are still with me, maybe one of them resting a hand on my shoulder, or just standing near me and casting their light in my life. The three of them together, shielding me from harm.
Even if you don’t believe in another world, or the afterlife, it may be helpful to think of inspirational people when times are hard.
This beautiful lady, from my maternal side of the family, was actually my great Aunt; my grandmother’s sister. My grandmother moved abroad before I was born, and so my Aunty was like a grandmother to me. She had so much love and would spoil us every time we visited (not necessarily with money or gifts, but by making us feel so loved and special).
One of my favourite things to do was to go to the local shops with her in her VW Beetle. It was a fun car for a fun person. I have a rubber stamp of that style of car. I use in my card making and it makes me think of her every time I use it.
She was very wise and a very good listener. She was also a cat lady, but all her fur babies had found her, obviously knowing what a kind person she was. Visiting my Aunt always felt like such an adventure because we had to travel what felt like hundreds of miles to see her and my Uncle (who was also a sweetheart). The journey was in fact just from Kent to north of London, but it was before the M25 was built.
Another kind and generous lady, but from my paternal side of the family. She was married to one of my Dad’s brothers. She was known for being an amazing cook, renowned for her cheese scones, and would spend hours in her kitchen making food for everyone. She gave away jams, pies, quiche, cakes, her famous cheese scones, and lots more to friends, family and neighbours. She loved writing and receiving cards and letters, never missing someone’s birthday. I think of her when I send my snail mail.
I often stayed with her and my Uncle in the summer holidays, and enjoyed my mini breaks very much.
My friend L
My friend L was such an inspiration. She was a very hard working single Mum who didn’t stand for any nonsense, but she was never unkind. If you needed practical help, as well as a shoulder to cry on, she was there for you. She was totally reliable. She picked me up many a time when I was down.
One of her favourite things was to sit and watch a film. She never knew about Netflix, but if she was still alive today she would absolutely love it. The film that reminds me of her is Music And Lyrics, as that’s the last film we watched together.
When she received her cancer diagnosis, I thought it was so terribly UNFAIR, as she had been so much help to me when my son had cancer. Nobody deserves that illness, but I felt so angry for her!
On the day she died, I was out for a walk with my husband and we saw the most beautiful field of poppies. When we got back to the car I got the call to say she had passed away. Those poppies were my sign that she would always be with me and never be forgotten.
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