Love is Life
27 June 2017
This post looks like it’s all about food and it is in part, because food sustains life, it gives pleasure and comfort, it brings people together. So does love. Grief brings people together too.
Hold your dear friends close and your family even closer. Today my day did a U-turn. Work and workouts halted with a text from two parents, inviting friends to say goodbye to their beautiful daughter, a gorgeous young woman we’ve known since she was a kindy kid with My Girl. Words can’t convey the emotional pain we feel for her family and for anyone who walks in their shoes. As a mother, I can feel a piece of her mother’s heart being torn out. Your babies are of you. We are a choking.
My Girl & her primary school bestie’s mama - who is forever my firm friend - propped each other for the visit. It was right to go. Our friends communicated this: “…what we do know is we will keep her wrapped in a blanket of love until she is ready. Everyone is of course always welcome to pop in and spend some time with her, helping to make that special blanket.” I thought that was lovely. They seemed so fragile yet strong and brave today.
My Bestie & I had coffee afterwards and I took a selfie and photos of my food like I always do. Same on the outside different on the inside. I made delicious oriental chicken parcels for dinner, accompanied by water not wine. My Girl got a free 2L water canteen with her new footy boots. It is humongous next to my 500mL glass. The Husb is pretending to be shocked in the background. He’s drinking beer.
After 10 days alcohol-free this month, I enjoyed several glasses of pinot noir hosting a dinner last Thursday, and lapsed into nightly imbibing for five days. This morning I noticed my dewy skin and big eyes had been eroded and I’d gained 600g. In five days. Back to temperance as of tonight. I’ve always said everything in moderation but one has to be able to moderate. The negative effect of alcohol on my bowel is significant (and thoroughly researched). I have to accept that ‘moderation’ is too much and less is better.
I close today with these thoughts: Life is spectacular. Life is tragic. Life is ordinary. Live and love now. Enjoy small things. Life is precious. 😇🌈