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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Family Or Friends Or A Bit Of Both

I attended a funeral the other week and generally I would feel sad after such an event but not this time, I came away feeling happy and content.

You may ask Why? and I suppose it deserves an explanation.

The gentleman had reached 94 years of age and had a full and rewarding life, He had been a C.F.A volunteer for over 30 years, he had volunteered at Puffing Billy Railway, survived a attack whilst in the navy through the war,married the love of his life and had a family that cared and loved him and many friends who held him in high esteem. And that is just tipping the ice burg.

The people who attended the funeral were all from when I was a member or The Basin Fire Brigade, which I joined when I was sixteen, yes all those years ago, these were the people who saw me grow up, get married, have children and all the things in between.

They are the people that no matter how long it has been you feel welcome and that you fit.

The sense of belonging is hard to explain and hard to come by but there I was amongst the people who I could only call my family, not one of them a blood relatives but people you know are always there and who you can be yourself and know that they no matter what or why, they are there.
It was like coming home.
Tan

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Silent Time Together

Here we are sitting side by side not saying much, both engrossed in what we are doing, Well as you can probably guess I am writing, The man in my life is sitting playing what I can only guess to be some kids game that he has found whilst looking on the internet, You know those ones that have the monotonous music that plays over and over,but kind of has a relaxing element to it and entices you to play just one more game.
Not sure what number he is up to at the moment and really it does not matter, here we are together happy in each others company, doing our own thing and every now and again we might utter a few words, hah like now he has just uttered "How are you going you crusty haggis", that's all no more and that is OK, some women would be offended by his words but I know he is just saying Hi.
How did we get to this comfortable part in our life, just happy to be in the same room just knowing each other are there.
I am not going to think too much about it, I am just going to enjoy the fact that it just is.
Tan