So, it’s one year then. One incredibly long year, which in reality has flashed past. One year since we heard Rosie’s thoughts and dreams; one year since we saw her face and wondered what colour her hair would be next, what outrageous set of clothes she’d put on, which no one else would think of mixing together; one year since we felt her next to us .
We’ve all remembered Rosie during the year, in our own way. Her courage, her fiestyness, her straight talking, how funny she was. We have even remembered the irritating things – the messiness, the drama over the slightest thing, the bloody mindedness. Because we miss all of that too.
And we’ve remembered what she stood for. What she did has spurred so many of us on to do things we would previously have been frightened of or thought we couldn’t do. Remembering that she faced, head on, our biggest fear, and stayed true to herself.
So today, we’re remembering you especially, Rosie. We promised you we wouldn’t forget you. How could we? You are still here in our thoughts and through the memories we’ve got. We often think about what you’d have said or done about different things. And although we’re sad, we laugh a lot too. You’re certainly still part of our family, and always will be.
As one way of adding to the cause but to help more people remember Rosie, on the http://www.theknockoneffect.co.uk site from today, you can buy A Poem for Rosie by poet Tony Walsh, aka Longfella Poet . As well as buying the CD version with the words, you also get access to a video made by Mike Arnold, TKOE Chief Designer. The poem remembers Rosie and was created by Tony after Rosie had died, using memories that friends, family and blog readers sent in, plus Rosie’s own words of course. It’s fabulous and another way of remembering her.
We’re going to be a bit quiet today at first, but this evening, come rain or shine, some of us are gathering together to have a random picnic and lanterns, just remembering Rosie, with warmth and happiness.
This time last year we said thank you to all of you for the support, wise words and just being there for Rosie. This year we say the same to you for supporting us. It’s been a real Team Kilburn effort getting through this year, but look what we’ve all done together. Thank you.
Jo, Chris, Cal and Sylvie xxxx