I have an Irish friend.. - In the name of Thiago - Day 326
I'm going to start tonight by telling you about a men's group I joined on a Teams call last night. I need to keep this extremely vague for obvious reasons but the essence of the group was that everyone on the call had experienced the loss of a child or was likely to be in that position. You might think that such a meeting of minds would be a pretty dispiriting affair and I have to confess that I was hardly jumping for joy at the prospect of joining the call. But I said I'd do it and once I say I'm going to do something, well that's it. My word is my bond all that. I'm a bit old school me.
It went so much better than I could possibly have expected, and I left the meeting feeling that you know what: having a support group like that is no bad thing. There were a full range of characters on there, and despite the group's chair allowing a bloody Gooner into the session, I'd say that yes, this is something I would do again. Online meetings are sketchy but given the choice between that and nothing, I'd certainly do it again.
The flowers continue to flood in and every delivery is a blessing. Knowing that people are thinking of my family is comforting at this awful time and bless my Mum, she'd co-ordinated for this beautiful arrangement to be sent to us from our local florist - a lovely Romanian lady, who also supported us with flowers for the funeral.
Experiencing what I have in the last year has been truly awful, but one positive to have come out of it is that we have found ourselves being introduced to a lot of people, who have consistently put our feelings ahead of anything else. There's much good to be found in our society you know.
Speaking of things of beauty - you gotta admit that's a wonderful seamless transition right there - here I am sampling the aforementioned gift from Trish. A couple more of these and a hat-trick from Carlos Vinicius allowing Harry Kane a rest on the bench as a prelude to humbling those bastards Chelsea on Sunday wouldn't go amiss. Sounds so simple doesn't it!