Be thankful, be grateful that you wake up each day….

My day started in keeping with the year of 2019 in general. More bad news.

A colleague from my Peer Support days informed me that a former attendee of the group has passed away, aged 56, and very unexpectedly too. Not a good way to start the day.

Let me explain on just how much a character this particular lady was. Larger than life would be an accurate description. She was a trustee of the organisation I help out at, and had her own personal battles and issues. She attended our group fairly regularly and as I said, she was larger than life, with an infectious laugh and an unconsciously funny and quirky sense of humour.

Warm of spirit, warm of affection and just a good person to have around the place. Her humour was based on mishearing conversations that often a reply would come out that bore no relation to what had just been discussed. Cue lots of laughter.

I had a phone message from her a few months back that I did reply to. But we will sadly hear no more from her now, and the world will be a poorer place for that. The world has lost a warm, affectionate character that lit up a room.

It shows you that every day you wake up, look outside and hear the birds sing and see the sun shine, be thankful that you’ve made it through another day. I’m certainly thankful if the last 12 years and definitely the last 8 months have been anything to go by. Enjoy every moment and thank Him upstairs that you have another day.

A sad day indeed. But the lady concerned would have been pleased that I won a victory against the odds last Friday. I’m sure that at St. Peter’s Gate, they will welcome her in with open arms. And then everyone will laugh as she mishears another conversation! Taken from us far too early.

A.S.D Brooks

Author: allenbrooks44

44 year old adult living with Autism...