Two years ago at this time of the year, i was visiting my dear mum in the nursing home, where she was looked after in total for 5 and a half years. It was very difficult to know what to get her,so, i bought her a fibre optic father christmas! It wasn't one of these all singing dancing jobs, it was a silently shimmering, prety one because often mum would get aggressive with loud noises etc., when i plugged it in for her to see, her eyes lit up, she smiled and tried to say things,but, the words weren't there. Then she tried to sing which is something she often did when she was happy!!! It made me cry to see her so happy and i knew for that moment as she tried to wipe my tears away, that, my visit mean't something. which was often something that she did on my monthly visit. I live 140 miles from the home, have three children and work,so, visits were never as often as i would have liked. However on a happy note, i could leave that day knowing that so long as she looked at this she would be smiling!!! On a sad note ,my dear mum passed away on sept 2nd this year, my dad passed away on 13th october 2ooo, they now both rest in peace together. I've been to take flowers today to brighten up their grave. I met up with my sister and she gave me a box that she had collected from the home when she sorted out mum's belongings. It was a long day, a lot of driving, lots of emotions and memories. I got home and my youngest son Kieran opened the box, which contained the father christmas. He,s plugged in now and silently shimmering away!!! It'll soon be christmas, i guess this year i'm going to be happy to be with my familly and sad missing the ones i can't be with! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!