Although I have spent much of the Christmas holiday at work many of the people where I work have come back today and I was speaking to one of the girls in the sales office this morning. We were discussing our youth and how things were when we were growing up compared to many children today. We both took trips down memory lane and we agreed how lucky we were to grow up in the places and envoironment that we did.
I spent my childhood growing up in a small seaside town in North Wales, with endless beaches and playing fields and various places to have adventures with friends usually on our bikes or driving the go-kart my Dad built for me. While talking about this I remembered a time when I was late home and, while Dad was still in the garage working on something I snuck up the drive with my go-kart and quietly put it back under the big plastic sheet where it lived and then tip-toed into the house. Of course he still knew I had come home late but he didn't shout at me. He never shouted at me because he was the type of Dad who commanded respect without needing to raise his voice. If I was ever naughty all my Mum had to say was, "we will see what your Father has to say" and that was enough to put me right. I also remembered being given a polished wooden boomerang as a gift from visiting Australian relations who, for some reason thought that would be an ideal present for a child. We all went onto the lawn and I threw it as hard as I could and waited for it to come back to me, unfortunately Dad's leg was in the way and he got a lovely bruise on his shin.
I have realized after that conversation this morning that, I have been so busy mourning my Dad and wishing he was still here because I miss him so much that I have not been remembering what a wonderful Father he actually was. It would be wrong to not be sad but It is also important to be happy about the time I did spend with him and remembering times that will now make me smile rather than make me feel like crying.
Sorry to ramble I just felt like sharing.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVRYBODY!!!!