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Life is short

Some of you may remember me being anxious about some new neighbours and how all our fears were put to rest by going to introduce ourselves to the new comers and how lovely Derek and Ruth were, this was just 4 short months ago and today we very sadly attended Derek's funeral, both Stephen and I feel very sad that we didn't make more effort after our first meeting to get to know Derek better, we spoke on occasion, when he was out walking and we have grown accustomed to this eccentric figure in big wax coat and large hat walking his large pack of well behaved dogs
The service today was most memorable, his family bravely all gave tributes, sadly we know more about Derek after his funeral than we knew before
A timely reminder to make the most of life while we still have itUploaded Image

Posted at 4th Dec 2007 - 09:04PM   Posted by Milkmaid   Life is short Comments: 13

Withy Brook's Avatar How very sad, Milkmaid - and what a lesson to us all.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:13PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar How terribly sad, and alas true. We often learn more about a persons true self after they have died and it is to late to treully knwo them.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:13PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Oh Milkmaid what a shock . . but you did go and make yourselves known to Derek and Ruth and you did become friends . . Instead you could now be viewing the demise of annoying neighbour, but you are not . . .so remember what you DID you.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:20PM

Fennie's Avatar How very sad. Carpe Diem and all that. I spent a memorable evening with some friends, perhaps two years ago. All of us fit and healthy, none very old, all looking forward. Now two are dead. And the remaining two of us are asking who will be next.

Posted by: Fennie on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:21PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Could not agree more - live well now.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:26PM

Cait's Avatar I agree with all the above comments; we should pay tribute to our loved ones and get to know others around us, now, before it is too late. And try to speak those words we feel inside but never voice.
All easier said than done sometimes in the rush of life.
At least you did approach your neighbours and all was well.

Posted by: Cait on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:33PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Look to this day,
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is olly a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day.

If I have posted this before, I make no appology!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Dec 2007 at 10:35PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Think Withy has said it.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 4th Dec 2007 at 10:38PM

Camilla's Avatar That is so sad Milkmaid, but true we should get to know our loved ones around us, for fear that they are taken from us much too soon. At least you introduced yourselves to your lovely neighbour, take some comfort in this.


Posted by: Camilla on 4th Dec 2007 at 10:46PM

Frances's Avatar Milkmaid, Thanks to you for this post.
As often as the words are said, in the range of treasure the day, count our blessings, and the like, We Really Should do treasure each day. Experience as many joys of new experiences as we can. Honor the past, and embrace the future.

Your photo was beautiful.


Posted by: Frances on 5th Dec 2007 at 02:44AM

Cowgirl's Avatar How sad. Our "chink of light" can be so suddenly snuffed out. A good reminder to make the most of every day and to keep in touch. Thanks for sharing. xx

Posted by: Cowgirl on 5th Dec 2007 at 03:34AM

Faith's Avatar Very sad. Poor Ruth. RIP Derek.

Posted by: Faith on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:01AM

KittyB's Avatar Very sad.

Posted by: KittyB on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:44AM

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