1. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    There will have been 4 funerals in 15 days, and I can't remember there ever being so many in such a short time. I'm doing my best to try and focus on one thing a day, and after Billy had his claws clipped, I decided to pen a few words in honour of our lads. They will always be our darling boys, just as they saw us as their girls.

    THE JANUARY LADS

    Oh those lads that we loved have departed
    And the girls left behind all remember
    Of the days left, bereft, broken hearted
    Two this month, and two more in December

    All the funerals we've been arranging
    In the opening month of the year
    How our lives have been horribly changing
    And not for the better, we fear

    We've arranged all the cars, and the flowers
    We've attempted to get it all right
    On the details we've pondered for hours
    And yearned for some sleep in the night

    And our lads, once so strong and so charming
    Up in Heaven, they watch with great pride
    As in grief we all long for our darling
    And wish he was here by our side

    So as Pete, John and Tony are waiting
    Along with their pal "Mr Wife"
    They discuss all the news they're debating
    "There's no Alzheimer's, mate, in this life"

    And the girls left behind are in mourning
    For the lads that they cherished for years
    And we pray each new day that is dawning
    Will help us to smile through our tears

    All the funerals soon will be finished
    Though others will follow, I'm sure
    But the love we all shared won't diminish
    For they'll live in our hearts evermore
     
  2. WIFE

    WIFE Registered User

    May 23, 2014
    856
    WEST SUSSEX
    That is so poignant but so tender and true, dear Scarlett. Thank you
     
  3. LYN T

    LYN T Registered User

    Aug 30, 2012
    6,962
    Brixham Devon
    You've just made me cry again Scarlett!

    What a wonderful poem:) I will always think of our recently departed as 'The January Lads'. I wonder what they are doing know? Probably Pete and John are gently teasing 'Mr Wife' and Tony and telling them they will have to be there early for the front pew:) Pete will be late (as always), they will all have put on weight and look really healthy. I just hope that they all behave themselves:eek:

    Thank you Scarlett for being so thoughtful

    Love

    Lyn T XX
     
  4. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    Oh wouldn't that be luverly! To think of them healthy looking, and smiling and blowing raspberries at the "friends" entering the funeral services who have been insensitive, invisible, thoughtless or all three. And hysterically laughing as Tony and Mr Wife comment on these "mourners" - and cheering loudly when their girls enter. :)

    John and I always had a "thing" about being early, and have spent many times, sitting in the car for ages, parked around the corner from the people we were visiting. I expect John will save Pete and the others a front row seat. :) xxx
     
  5. Benrese

    Benrese Registered User

    Apr 12, 2014
    185
    Lancashire
    Absolute tears and a chill of inspiration for your beautiful writing. I've got a December girl who we will say goodbye to tomorrow. In a blink of an eye, dancing from this world into the next...
     
  6. LYN T

    LYN T Registered User

    Aug 30, 2012
    6,962
    Brixham Devon
    I'm sure the January Lads will invite the Dancing December girl into their gang. It seems there will be quite a party going on:):)

    I hope everything goes well tomorrow Benrese XXXX
     
  7. DIANE69

    DIANE69 Registered User

    Jan 7, 2014
    45
    wirral
    Thats beautiful Scarlet,I am just taking a photo of Tony to the funeral home and have been sat here for 30 mins thinking of him before this horrible,horrible illness changed him so much.When I make my little speach tomorrow I will concentrate on those 4 happy smiling faces in the front pew.They probably will be holding up scores out of then like Strictly-hope I get at least a 7.
     
  8. Benrese

    Benrese Registered User

    Apr 12, 2014
    185
    Lancashire
    Bless you, Lyn. Thanks for that! x
     
  9. truth24

    truth24 Registered User

    Oct 13, 2013
    5,725
    North Somerset
    What lovely words, Scarlett and so appropriate. My heart goes out to you all. May you all find peace. Loving thoughts. Verityxx

    Sent from my GT-N5110
     
  10. Ann Mac

    Ann Mac Registered User

    Oct 17, 2013
    3,693
    So lovely, Scarlette - thinking of all of you xxx
     
  11. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    Oh those January Lads will courteously and politely welcome a December/January girl into their midst, never fear. They'll probably jostle each other, getting her a good front row seat.

    So they've two funerals to watch tomorrow - quite a busy day Up There. But because time is so different, it doesn't matter a jot if the Goodbyes overlap, or clash. They'll be able to watch them from beginning to end, individually.

    I hope you get through your day, and know that all of us at TP will be there with you.
     
  12. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,440
    Yorkshire
    A wonderful poem. I smiled and cried. The January Lads were so lucky with their girls.


    Sent from my iPhone using Talking Point mobile app
     
  13. notsogooddtr

    notsogooddtr Registered User

    Jul 2, 2011
    876
    So very poignant.And a salutary reminder that Alzheimers should not define a person who has had a full and happy life before illness struck
     
  14. Lilac Blossom

    Lilac Blossom Registered User

    Oct 6, 2014
    532
    Scotland
    Dear Scarlett, what a lovely poem, so touching.

    Thank you xx
     
  15. MeganCat

    MeganCat Registered User

    Jan 29, 2013
    356
    South Wales
    How lovely, thinking of you all, hope your send offs go well xx
     
  16. Hervieux

    Hervieux Registered User

    Mar 31, 2014
    32
    South Wiltshire
    Wonderful vision of peace ever after,bless you all.xx


    Sent from my iPad using Talking Point
     
  17. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    7,942
    North East England
    Did your Dad wear those sleevebands...the ones which looked a bit like a wrist watch band, but expanded and expanded ( especially when the elastic inside snapped)? Mine did, which is why I thought of them.......I found a link ( bad pun) but I don't know if it'll work....
    anyway I was just thinking that the circle of those gone ahead is a bit like these armbands.....it'll stretch to take as many as are needed to be in the circle of love.:D
     

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  18. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    Special thoughts to Diane today. xxx
     
  19. truth24

    truth24 Registered User

    Oct 13, 2013
    5,725
    North Somerset
    What a lovely idea, cragmaid.

    Sent from my GT-N5110
     
  20. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,987
    Suffolk
    My first boss used to wear them, in fact OH used to wear them. Might even be some in a drawer somewhere!
     

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