And look what came in our Christmas card handed out by Oldest Niece on Christmas Day, due July, her third and a sibling to Little M and Little Em.
Mother decided she could no longer manage at home and without by your leave, moved in with ABI Brother. She has been slowly transferring many of her possessions to his house. What a shock she will get when he tells her he is selling the house to move into a retirement village.
Hippie Niece and her twin daughters are an ongoing issue.
Our long time friend died, who was a perfectly functioning 70 year old. He went into Cabrini Hospital with a diabetes related ulcer on his leg, and left dead, with total organ failure. Hels will not speak well of Cabrini and that was where my grandmother died, suffering because of nasty nuns until my mother spoke up for her.
Then there was my workmate's wife who we used to socialise with who died from MND at the age of 60. Her widower came across R at a tramstop recently, and R said his greeting hug was really needy. R was a bit emo about it. I have shed a tear with him at work, but then we man up.
Then one of our Brother Friends died after a long treatment for cancer. He was a quiet and unassuming person and it is hard to believe he has gone after knowing him for nearly forty years.
Our Dyke Friend's ex partner's father died, and then her own sister in Hobart died from an aggressive cancer just before Christmas.
Late Step Father's niece died from cancer in her early forties. She was the primary carer for her 80 plus year old mother. Step Father never liked this sister but loved his niece.
And then to top it all off just a week before Christmas, Copper Witch's mother dies. No, she did not pass over or pass on, she just died, because she was old.
As the saying goes, shite happens.
I have had a tear or two in my eyes when I have read some of your blog posts over the last year, but no one made me cry like this post by John Gray of Wales, who has had his own issues aplenty in the year past. While there are many who can rise above their backgrounds and the disadvantages they are born with, not all can. I hope the lad is still doing well some 22 years later.