A time of grace and beauty

It was exactly one year ago today that I flew to Brisbane to to farewell my father, and to gather with family for the last few days of his life.

We had a week together in all, and as his anniversary approaches, fragments of memory emerge like gently shimmering stars.

Everyday life has been its usual busy self since he died, and many things have gone back to normal – whatever “normal” is! But that week changed me in fundamental ways, and I want to acknowledge and celebrate the blessings it brought.  My plan is to reflect and post every day.

Today I’m reflecting on how grateful I am to my two sisters-in-law, Sue and Sandi, who selflessly took over everything to do with their immediate families to let my brothers, Alistair and Andrew, spend as much time as possible with Dad. It can’t have been easy as they quietly dealt with their own grief and sadness, handled the emotional turmoil of their children, and got on with the business of daily life: school, home, work.

Thanks guys, for grace under adversity. I know Dad loved you both, and I wanna say – you rock!

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