I thought it was about time I updated my blog. The past 6 months since my Grandad passed away have been very tough, not least for my Grandma. They were never apart and shared 62 years of marriage. They shared so much together, many of my happiest holidays were spent visiting them in their Bungalow in Dublin, and also when they moved to Navan, Co Meath. My Grandma now lives in a care home called Knightsbridge, Trim. Its a brand new complex, and all the staff are very friendly and welcoming, its still not her home though. The hard task of sorting through their possessions is going to be a very upsetting one. I managed to get over there this week with my girlfriend & Dad. It was really nice spending quality time with my Grandma, taking her out for lunch, to see some family, and showing her what I’ve been up to over the last few months. It was very sad saying goodbye, as I don’t know when i’ll be able to get over next. I’ve managed to bring back some items of theirs with me though, not to remind me, but to share and pass onto to future generations. My Grandad & Grandma are two of the most creative, inspirational people I know. My Grandma used to paint alot of oil paintings. My Grandad would always be out in his garage creating, building or fixing things. He loved to help family, friends & members of the church.
I’m not a writer, but wrote this poem on our final night there, and finished it on the ferry back over to Hollyhead.
When a House is not a Home.
No-one to answer
no living being
Only a few possessions remain
the place the feeling not the same
Joy and laughter were welcome before
now its sad to shut the door
I’m grateful for the thoughts and memories I have
for those I wont forget and for that I’m glad.
Cherish what family you have, life is too short to quarrel or fight.