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Friday, 19 April 2013

Still no Words, but moving on!

It's been a long time since I was here but we have just this week managed to say our final farewells to my Darling brother John, everything got held up by the Easter break meaning we had a long wait for the crematorium so it was almost 3 weeks from his death till his funeral. 
On Monday 15th we took part in a Mass at Christ the King, Thornbury (John's Church ) the church was full of his friends plus our small family and we were joined by John's Natural Mother & Aunt (John was adopted by us in 1963) who travelled from London to be with us, and I think if John had been there he would have liked what we chose for him.
This is the poem I read for him during the service and I believe it was what he would have said if he had been there!
When tomorrow starts without me

When tomorrow starts without me, and I am not here to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me,
I know how much you love me as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That Jesus came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said that my place is ready in heaven far above,
And that I have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I'd always thought it wasn't my time to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do,
It seems almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could have stayed for just a while,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realise that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I would miss tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gate and felt so much at home,
As God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne.
He said "This is eternity, and all I've promised you,
Today your life on earth is past, but here it starts anew."
"I promise no tomorrow but today will always last,
And since each day's the same here there's no longing for the past."
So when tomorrow starts without me don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me I'm right here in your heart.
After the service we held a private family farewell at the crematorium before returning to the church hall for a reception.

And Now! I feel it's time to move on, Wednesday evening was the April meeting of Severn Valley Quilters and it was good to be back amongst my 'quilty friends', on Thursday we set up a small exhibition as our participation in the Thornbury Arts Trail  and I  have taken up my knitting needles again and have a small jumper almost done, it's a surprise for someone so no picture yet, and in a minute or two when I finish talking to all of you I will be returning to my sewing, though the workroom has been the inevitable dumping ground for the last few weeks so I may have to have a bit of a tidy round first. Then on Monday evening I shall be checking out the new venue for weekly meeting of the 'Knit & Knatter' group.
To finish you may remember I took part in a recent Mug Rug swap with the Quilting Gallery well the 2 mug rugs I received were wonderful and I will get some pictures posted next time. 
Till then