Ask most fathers about their most memorable moment of wonderment and joy and they’ll bore you into submission about the birth of a child. Thirty-six years ago today I had the first of such amazing days that left me feeling as if I could walk on air. My son David was born in what is now Waitrose in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. What a truly memorable and joyful day.
Today it is a day of tears and loss in our family. the continual disbelief that someone so special could be killed by a drunk driver at the age of twenty-two, some thirteen years ago.
This day now involves a sort of ‘mourning sickness’, a dry physical retching that can strike at random, but most of all on a day like today. But having said all this, we, along with many others, have millions of very happy memories of him that also supercharge our day and add back celebration to a birthday.
So please spare a though for David today by taking time to tell someone you love them. Give someone a call that you haven’t spoken to in a long time or simply smile at a stranger – you never know, it might just make their day special.
Happy Birthday David, love you.
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