My year

As the year draws slowly to its close, we all regardless of age seem to look back over the events of the past year, remembering lost loved ones, re-live our celebrations, rejoicing over achievements, tiptoe past disasters and move on to plan for the year ahead. On our way

At first glance sewing seemed to overtake if not punctuate my year at every available space. In fact it was actually a year of great variety. In March I attended the Irish Blog Awards in Dublin, where I had the opportunity to meet with other Bloggers with amazing talent. A week later I turned sixty and officially become a senior citizen.

Over the months many hours were spent talking to Elly simultaneously on the phone and internet working through suggestions, ideas and plans for the wedding.

Moving forward to May I was approached on Skype and asked to help a young man in Italy to improve his English. I almost said no, but now we talk regularly and I think at this stage he can be counted as a friend.

Here we come

The Wedding in June brought family and friends from across the globe to help celebrate and witness Elly & George’s Special day.

The weather was kind and Elly looked happy and glowing in her outfit. She said that it was very comfortable to wear and gave her the freedom she wanted.

The train of her outfit was detachable and was removed for dancing.

The end of June was rather scary with an emergency trip to hospital but thankfully I have recovered, and learned yet again to listen to my body! By the end of September I had sufficient energy to attend Podcamp in Kilkenny. It gave me the opportunity to learn and share, while renewing old friendships and making new ones.

November saw the passing of Cherry the mother of my new Son-in-Law George. I know that with Elly by his side, and the love of his father and siblings to share the great loss, George will feel the smile of sunshine on his face once more and hear and enjoy the birds singing.

Back in July I quietly marked the 30th anniversary of the day I married. Sadly, and not by choice, I have been alone for a third of that time. When Jack was alive our world was wonderful and I am thankful for warm loving memories.

The mention of marriage reminds me of a radio interview I smiled at over the holiday, an 80-year-old lady was the focus, because she had just remarried — for the fourth time.

The male interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.

He’s a funeral director,’ she answered.

Interesting, the young man thought. He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.

She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years.

After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she’d first married a banker when she was in her early 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, later on a preacher when in her 60’s, and now in her 80’s, a funeral director.

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She smiled and explained, ‘I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.’

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8 thoughts on “My year

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  2. Ahh GrannyMar . . for me, it was lovely to have met and been able to chat to people like you! Without the downs, we can’t enjoy the ups but I hope there are more ups than downs for us both in 2008! Keep Skyping and a very Happy New Year to you and yours. *bless*

  3. Grannymar – I hope you’ll forgive me for being so late in checking in with you today! πŸ˜‰ My dear old Mum has not been well over Christmas but today has brought better news so now I can focus on other things again πŸ™‚

    Elly’s wedding outfit looks fantastic – you are a clever clogs with your sewing!

    While I did realise that you have some health problems, I didn’t know that you’d had a spell in hospital earlier in the year – having only had the pleasure of discovering your blog in recent months. Poor you! It must have been very worrying especially as so close to Elly’s wedding.

    I really hope that 2008 will bring you bountiful good health and endless more fun. And yes, a Toyboy (or two) as well πŸ˜‰

    Steph xox

    p.s. I’m dying to know how you knew that the lady in the radio interview was smiling πŸ˜‰

  4. Baino, heres to the UPs, the Skype and to Toyboys for 2008!

    Steph, Have you never heard a voice smile?? I hope we all have good health for 2008. I’ll need it if I’m to have any hope with the Toyboys! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  5. Grannymar, My wish for you on this Eve of the New Year is for you to have Toyboys at your beck and call all year long. Oh, yea the other one is for you to have the most wonderful and funfilled year of your life. I’m going to! πŸ™‚

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