18 months

16 Mar

You know what. Thought it was about time for a photo of Rosie. So here she is aged 8ish. Making a Halloween skeleton, I think.


12 March = 18 months since Rosie died. And I didn’t notice it was the 12th until it had passed. Partly because I was so busy. Partly because I don’t think I wrote the date down all day. Partly because thinking of Rosie is now more manageable than it was. Partly because we had our family trip to London at the weekend, and it felt as though she was there with us. Partly just because of time.

When she first died, I was really worried that if I stopped feeling so sad all the time (except it wasn’t all the time, because your emotions are all over the place), then that would mean I was forgetting her. Now I realise that isn’t the case. You are just adapting and accomodating so that you can enjoy her life better. And your own.

And to mark the 18 months, I can let you know that we’ve had our first two TKOE donations. Ta daaa! We’ve had £177 from the Cliffords Mesne 2013 wassailing – thank you to everyone who braved the 6″ snow in January and thank you too for thinking of Rosie and TKOE. 🙂

And then we’ve also had £500 from Mike Fox. Thank you very much indeed Mike. 🙂 🙂

And £60 from the shy weight loss person – you know, the one who is trying to lose 21lbs this year. So they are doing well.

So, by my rudimentary maths, that means £737. YAY!!!!

And the daffodils are out. Perhaps it is spring.

Jo xx


8 Responses to “18 months”

  1. Julia March 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    We remember the Halloween skeletons so well! The big one that reflected in the glass of the front door made it look like it was out in the garden, sooo scary!

  2. Deborah Melliard March 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    It’s so easy to feel like it’s some sort of insult to the person that’s died if you don’t feel sad forever. My feelings are that one should live a brilliant, happy life in their honour, and remember the good times. I think it’s a waste to be sad, within reason of course. You guys are amazing.

  3. kaate3 March 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I remember that jumper! 🙂 xxxx

  4. Coz Al March 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Beautiful Rosie. Remembering the joy in having known her doesn’t ever lessen the pain of the grief or make sense of the loss but it makes it the tough times easier and in the end lightens everything because she was here and we remember.

  5. Lucy n Russ March 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Those moments when Ben and Maddie talk about Rosie are really special. They had an amazing opportunity to spend time with their older cousin on the holiday to Spain, they have pictures of her on their walls and her memory burns oh so brightly on in us remembering her, talking about her and looking at photos. I know for sure that she is with us at every family gathering xxxx

  6. celia butler March 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    What a lovely post. Feels like a another small corner has been turned; Rosie would thoroughly approve and just the right time for this beautiful picture of her.
    The daffdills (as Izzy calls them) are out in force here too, plus the sun today, so things are looking up on many fronts.Love to you all. xx

  7. Steph March 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    What a surprise it is to see a photo of Rosie and how lovely, I couldn’t help but smile. Could this be a regular addition to the blog? Please.xx

  8. Nick East March 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Wow, it’s unbelievable that it’s 18 months; I had to re-read that to make sure I’d read it right.


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