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Christmas day is nearly over, it's been a lovely day. After being up late for the midnight service, our day didn't start too early, about half past seven I think. After opening the stocking presents we all decided that we'd rather walk 40 minutes to get to St Andrews this morning rather than worship somewhere closer, so we set off through a smoggy fog which didn't clear until later in the day. The walk wasn't bad really, and I'm glad we made the effort to be there, it was really important to me to be there this morning, not sure why. We set off to walk back to Bromborough, in time to be at the hotel where we'd arranged to meet Mum and Alison for lunch at 12.20pm. However we hadn't got very far before we were called back because someone was offering us a lift home after the communion service which followed the main service, so we stayed for that and still made it in time for lunch. People are so wonderfully kind and thoughtful.

We had a pleasant Christmas lunch at the Dibbinsdale, complete with crackers and party poppers, as well as a delicious Bailey's cheesecake! Afterwards every one came back here and we had fun opening all our presents.

When Mum and Alison went home we just relaxed and enjoyed our presents, I watched an episode of Morse from the set that Ian bought me, I put some forward dates into my diary for next year, I started the jigsaw that David gave me. Now I'm listening to a worship cd which Beverley sent me. While I've been doing that I reread a number of the letters and emails I have received from my friends in NZ. I loved reading them, but some contained sad news, a friend and colleague who is very, very sick, the problems that have beset my old school as they continue to work through the merger process, people retiring and moving on. My thoughts are very much with them all, so much has changed in the last twelve months, last Christms I don't think I could possibly have guessed that we would be back living on Wirral by now. It has been a year with more than its share of sadness, but plenty of joy too and much to celebrate. I am looking forward to the year ahead, I'm sure it holds many exciting possibilities and challenges.

Soon I need to tidy up and start preparing for the lunch I'm cooking for Mum and the family tomorrow. I'll just finish this cup of coffee!

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takahe
Dec. 26th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
I am so glad you had a lovely day! That's great. It has been quite a year and I hope and pray that you'll have a great 2006!
vivh
Dec. 27th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
Thank you, I hope your 2006 will be happy too!

The friend I mentioned is really on my mind at the moment, she has been ill for a while, but another friend tells me the end is probably pretty close now. She is a wonderful lady, very kind and very brave, she works so hard for all the children at school, and has never complained about her health, so lots of people don't know anything is wrong. She will be so missed, it is very sad.
takahe
Jan. 1st, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's sad. Is there anything I can do, take her flowers or something?

I think death is awfully sad. No two ways about it. And some people really deserve to keep on living.
vivh
Jan. 1st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
What makes it so hard, is that Shirley, the lady in question, doesn't breathe a word about her problems, she kept working right till the end of term, and only those closest to her have any idea how ill she is. She is the staff member who always arrived first in the morning and sorted out the dishwasher before any one else arrived, and always volunteered to cover crossing and playground duties when people needed help. She loves our children so, so much and will just want to keep on going until she cannot carry on any more, she never asked for sympathy or help, though she was always the first to offer it. It just makes me so sad to think that she will just slip away and not be there any more.
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