You may well already know, dear readers, of my recent rather dramatic act of self publicism.
Following this, there was also the rather unfortunate letter published in our local paper, which categorised me as an ‘idiot’.
Today, the letters page of the good old Dunoon Observer is mostly about our family. There were three responses to the letter mentioned above- from 2 of my friends (no money exchanged hands) and also from someone I did not know. The letters bring compassion, common sense, and an understanding of the risks involved in all of life.
Even though I had taken a decision not to reply myself, and had wondered about the point of such a discourse, in the end, I am grateful that the other side of the issue has been expressed so well. Thanks guys!
Also in the paper this week I was very surprised to see a letter from my mother in law Mary!
It was a letter thanking people for their support during Robert’s (my step father in law) illness. Robert has spent weeks in hospital undergoing the first round of chemotherapy as part of the treatment for leukaemia.
What Mary’s letter was referring to was that some folk who meet to pray and talk about God-stuff at our house put together a box for Robert during his time in hospital. It contained lots of envelopes to be opened over the days and weeks he was in hospital- with poems, prayers, sweeties, dvds, books and jokes. It became a ritual for him to open the envelopes each day, and I think (and hope) it was a real blessing to him- and to Mary.
Robert was discharged from hospital on the day of opening of the last envelope. You could not make that up could you?
It makes me want to sing of the beauty of small things, and people who think that life should be about bringing joy to others in a time of great need.
Robert is due back in hospital for more treatment soon- and he is so far away from where we live, if constantly in our thought and prayers. He is probably reading this, and will protest my choice of photo!
I’ll post a better one of you Robert, taken when I next see you!