My mum had a great passion for life and a wish to bring fun to all she could. From the fishing and mining communities, sadly many losses were seen so perhaps there was an even stronger importance placed on the value of time. How often, how much laughter was shared, she never hesitating from making herself look a bit daft if it had others laughing. For sure, one of the reasons I don't take myself too seriously is humour learnt from her e.g. I cut my fringe too short, find it funny & post the photo hoping to make others smile too (as the next pic shows). Mum passed at 80 but always we wish a loved one was still with us - but death is just another part of the LIFE process.
In this old photo, mum was watching a Scotland football match, tartan scarf, supporting flags to wave at the TV & my friend Michael Thomson's Aberdeen football hat. She was laughing but loved football & watching Scotland was often a serious matter, at times needing humour post result!
Memories & old photos are priceless. Happy times mixed with a longing for that much missed loved one to still be here but they would NOT, never ever want us to be sad.
My last time with mum was 9 December, in the early hours of the 10th she passed on. People talk of me being so like her but behind my smile - yes, it is can be hard & especially in the run up to Christmas. I can hear people complain at really small things & I think "get perspective". Life is what we make it & I choose to be happy rather than sad, remember the good, let go of the bad.
If I've a Christmas message I say "look around you, identify the good in your life, give thanks with a smile & a kindness passed on". Have a great Christmas and 365 days remember that a SMILE costs nothing to give but can be worth oh so much to RECEIVE. Spread a little LOVE. :-) SMILE AND PASS IT ON :-) #smileandpassiton
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