Sunday, 7 November 2021

Dark

 5.03pm and it is dark.   Not nearly dark - pitch dark and that after a cloudless sky all day.  Priscilla and I have not been out today in spite of the sunshine.  It is very windy and we don't feel safe in the wind.   But a nice chat with J, my carer - as usual.   Then H, my neighbour, came in to bring me the local paper as she does every week and we had a pleasant chat.   Later in the morning friends T and S called for a coffee.   Today is S's birthday and we had a nice chat about this and that.

While they were with me my son D called to collect the usual Remembrance cross to put on his Dad's grave.   Remembrance Sunday was always an important day for his Dad who lost so many dear friends during the war.   And although M, my first husband, has been dead now for thirty years I think it important on this one occasion in the year to recall on his behalf all those friends who died and also to be grateful that he lived, had a happy and fulfilled life for another 46 years and gave me a loving and loved son who reminds me of him every day.

How lucky I have been to have not one but two men and a son who have given me so many happy years.

17 comments:

Gerry Snape said...

A son...a bonus Pat...I love to see mine when we pop up to Morecambe.

Rachel Phillips said...

And as Winter comes it will be dark at 4pm.

Barbara Anne said...

So true, Pat! It's said that God has two home, one in heaven and the other in thankful hearts.

Hugs!

Heather said...

I am always grateful for what our brave servicemen and women did during both World Wars and those since. My father served in the Second World War and two uncles in the First, neither of whom ever spoke of their experiences.
Like you, I am most thankful for my son who is so caring - aren't we lucky?

Chris said...

That was a lovely day with all your visitors even though you didn't manage an outing with Priscilla. Sounds like you are well looked after.

Susan said...

It is dark here at 7 AM and 5 PM. Last week there was frost on the ground in the morning. Walking outdoors when you feel like it is the best solution. Having visitors each and every day is wonderful for you.

Cro Magnon said...

It's now light at about 7am when few people are about, then dark at 5pm when people are still going about their daily tasks. Something isn't quite right.

I always wear a Poppy, and would never dream of not doing so, but I don't like seeing so many who either won't wear one, or wear some disrespectful 'woke' version. Weave, I too have a wonderful son (Kimbo), he works hard, is liked by everyone, and nothing is ever too much for him. We are so very fortunate. The other two are also nice, but too far away.

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Bonnie said...

What a nice Sunday being able to visit with several friends and your son too. Our time just changed this weekend and it usually takes me a couple of days or so to get used to it. I just don't care for it when it is dark in the morning and early in the evening too. But it's just a part of the season and won't last forever.

Librarian said...

Here in Germany, we are one hour "ahead" of you in England; sunset is currently at just before 5:00 pm in my area, and that's about six weeks before the shortest day and longest night.
I miss my long after-work walks (they are just not so much fun in the dark), but it is also nice to have a cosy, quiet time at home.

Heather said...

It is right to remember your first dear husband and all his friends and acquaintances who lost their lives during the war, on Remembrance Day. After researching both mine and my husband's family history, we have many relations who lost their lives during both wars including one of my relations who died on the Burma Railway. We often attend the Remembrance parade in a large town close to our home. One of those remembered on the War Memorial there was only 20 and was killed on HMS Ardent during The Falklands War. Our eldest son was born while my husband was serving on a hospital ship during The Falklands War, husband served in the RN for 30 years and is marching past the Cenotaph this year.

thelma said...

Children are a great blessing as are their off springs. Priscilla will be glad of the rest, weather is not too bad at the moment for this morning's walk.

Tom Stephenson said...

Yesterday I managed to get back into appreciating the seasons by scuffing through dead leaves. I don't mind the dark too much, but I wish they would just leave the clocks alone. You are not given any time to get used to it creeping up on you if you live by the clock - as we all have to to some extent.

Jules said...

It has been very windy here as well. Many of the trees are now bare. X

The Weaver of Grass said...

Now that my son lives near - and has done for some years - I appreciate just how pleasant it is although during Covid I have seen little of him - he is still there.

Thanks folks for calling and - as usual - brightening my day.

Ellen D. said...

I am lucky to have my oldest son living with me or I don't think I would manage to stay in my home.
Glad you had a nice Sunday with visitors and people to chat with!

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