I speak fondly of my friends and family because I am very fond of them.
Tá mo chroí istigh ionat. My heart is within you – all of you.
My family is small but perfectly formed. My Dad is a regular visitor here and has been truly marvellous this year. I was devastated to have to tell him that yet again breast cancer had struck our family; I really didn’t want to bring that shadow back to his door. I cannot thank him enough for his love, support and understanding, or for his sense of humour 🙂 My Aunt and Great Aunt have helped me along with phone calls, emails and texts. I’m sure they won’t mind me saying that they are no longer young women, both have health challenges of their own but they’ve been stalwart in providing affection and compassion. Don’t forget Aunty L that I’m expecting you to teach me how to get into mischief when I’m fully recovered…
My long-standing friends have helped keep my spirits up and shown more kindness than I am worthy of. Yesterday I was visited by four kings whose richness of character make them wealthier than the richest people in the world. They brought felicitations and blessings from some of my new friends who I know will be here for keeps and today brought more special visitors who hold a place in my heart for always.
As Christmas approaches I reflect on a year of trials and tribulations; 2012 has not been an easy journey and I know 2013 will bring a few more bumps in the road. I’m ready for them. I also know this year has been very unkind to some folks who are very dear to me. I’m sad that my dysfunctional body prevented me being with you in person to share your burdens. I think of you each day and in spirit I am always by your side.
I am indebted to my family and my friends for standing by me, helping me through the difficult times and making me smile from ear-to-ear on a regular basis. Whatever happens next, my heart is within you today and for always and I thank you for being the very special people you are.