Mum and I bowled along in the car yesterday, bathed in sunshine, driving towards the foothills of The Pennies. What a beautiful county Cheshire is. We were going to a service to say ‘goodbye’ to John, a man and his family who have been linked to Mum and Dad, and our family, for over thirty years. A character, an abundant life, family life, love and a marriage of sixty-one years was celebrated yesterday.
The chapel was full of love, with stories shared, memories evoked and love flowing. The sunshine matched John’s character, and when his brother Peter stood up to talk about their early childhood, John’s character shone out through the stories.
Mum and I both woke up early this morning and tucked downstairs, wrapped in shawls, to natter and drink tea. We also managed to watch the latest recording of a programme we both love, but I digress! We chatted in the early morning peace and shared stories of John and his family throughout the years. John’s sons, Stevie and Peter, are around my age and we have shared life’s ups and downs over the years. There have been many ‘helping hands’ to and fro across the road from where Mum and Dad live and John and his sons have their business. Many parties too, the best kind according to Mum.
We all reached out yesterday, hands were held, cheeks rested against cheeks and arms were wrapped around shoulders. Love.
A marvelous life and legacy John, thank you.