In Memory of my Son, David


Surfing 3I was unsure what to put his morning, 12th of February. Eleven years ago Mrs Bard and I lost our son, David (pictured above surfing in North Wales) in a car crash while at university aged 22. This year his younger sister turned 30. The only thing that got us all through such a devastating loss was the love shown by friends. They show it still and this posting is as much for them as it is for David. I have chosen two verses about love by the same poet…

Katrina’s Sundial
Hours fly,
Flowers die:
New days,
New ways:
Pass by!
Love stays.

For Katrina’s Sundial
Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is

Henry Van Dyke, American author, academic and clergyman (1852 – 1933)

There are two things I’d like you to do today:

First of all I’d like you to give any teenager or young person that you know a simple piece of advice that may just end up saving their lives: If they are in a car and not happy with the way it is being driven or they suspect the driver may have been drinking or is stoned, say: “I think I’m going to be sick”. This may mean a long walk home, but it’s better than not reaching home at all.

Secondly I want you to ring, text, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, MSN (or better still the old-fashioned face to face), your child (or anyone who is very precious to you) and say two words: “Love You”. These are the last two words I ever said to my son. How I wish I could utter them again, so I’m asking you to do it. Not for me, not for David, but for you.

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