Let’s start with our latest teevee star on this special anniversary day. Hope you all saw The Special Needs Hotel or have it recorded or catch it on whatever the iPlayer equivalent is for Channel 5. And hope you enjoyed it. We love it – and the comments we’ve had so far have been incredible. Our favourite so far is ‘Calum is a legend’ (This narrowly beat the ‘is Callum a wearwolf?’ Because he is verrrrry hairy. And because of the spelling. And because Rosie was shouting in our heads ‘it’s Calum with one ‘l’!’)
We think he’s a legend too. Lambent Productions who made the programme are made up with him too because they rang to see how we all were and Cal chatted to them on the phone. Chatted!
And all of this has sort of helped us prepare for today, Rosie’s anniversary – death day? I don’t know what it’s called. Celebration day’s more like it I think.
Four years. Four very long, yet very short years. When she first died I hated every day that passed because it felt as though she’d been left on a shore and we were bobbing around in a boat which, day by day, got further away from her. Four years on, it feels more like we’ve set up camp a bit down the shore from her. Calmer, extraordinarily sad, but hopeful too because life does go on. And our incredible Cal and extraordinary Sylv are carving out their lives in ways that she would be so proud of, and we are too.
Today, we’re remembering her, with family, and cats and dogs, and trips to see universities, and baking and lovely messages from friends of hers and all the support of the amazing TKOE network which she set up. I don’t think we will ever be able to say how much you all have helped carry us through these last four years. Because remembering Rosie is so positive and life-affirming.
Sylv may well kill me for putting up that picture again but I don’t care. I love it. And when I finally get round to using my special gadget to get old photos stored on the computer, I shall put up a picture of our three legends together, all three.
Have a lovely day everyone and comments, thoughts or photos you’ve got of Rosie would be very fine too.