After a very difficult 2012 I felt I needed an overhaul in my attitude to life, to lift my game and get all I could out of my life and my relationships with the people I love and the people I love to spend time with. I guess I felt that if my sister had to die then I needed to appreciate and live the very best life I could. It's not a tricky thing to do - I have a pretty damn good life! I read Gretchen's book and was gripped by it.
Then today I came across this post from the lovely Leigh at Six by the Bay. She writes a really honest, down to earth blog that I read regularly. Anyway, she is hosting Thankful Thursday and I'm joining in.
Today is special day to be thankful because as I sit here typing I can hear my three beautiful, healthy boys playing Playstation with their cousin...my sister's 16 year old son who as I have just said lost his mum to cancer last July. My wonderful, brave nephew who I always love to see. I love to see him because he is funny and interesting and always kind to his 5 year old cousin, my very admiring little girl. But I also love to see him because he brings a little bit of Jane back into my life. It might be a look, it might be a gesture, sometimes it's an opinion because God knows, my sister had strong opinions. But whatever it is, he brings it to me and I love that he is in my life.
I am truly grateful that he is who he is.