Saturday, 13 August 2011

Sadness and Joy

This week has been a very sad/happy week. A week ago my friend at work Paul suffered a heart attack while on a bike ride with his son in law, now Paul was the fittest guy in the office, he ate well, he went to the gym, he could ride a boat, fly a plane, so this came as a massive shock. This week we were told he wasnt going to make it. Given where it happened was so far away from anything the ambulance couldnt get to him quick so he suffered brain damage. On Tuesday afternoon we were all told they were turning the machines off and he would slip away.
Safe to say our office is a wreck, this was so unexpected, and Paul was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet, yesterday morning we were gathered around to hear Paul had passed away on thursday with his wife and daughters around him.

Now I'm lucky i have never experienced much loss in my life (touch wood) i was young when my grandparents died and have been lucky not to loose anyone close to me since. So this has hit me quite hard, currently it feels like he is just on holiday, he worked in the bank 35 years and knew 1,000's of people, the funeral will be packed. But in a selfish way i cant help but think that could have been my dad, or FIL or anyone and it really hits home how fragile we all are.

So here is Paul, a great colleague & friend, dad and husband and taken away from us far too soon. He will be missed.

Hold those you love close x

On the flip side of the spectrum,  today is the day my sister finally comes home from Melbourne having lived there for 6 years. Completely massive decision she has made and i have no idea how she did it.

She has been texting saying  how hard it is to leave her friends, coz its been such a emotional week i have spent a good part of it in tears.

I am excited to get my sister back, i havent seen her since these photos about 18mths or so

But sad she is leaving such good friends behind.

I am soon hopping on a train up 'home' to await her return, she didnt want us to ship her birthday presents out so we are having a mini birthday  tonight, everyone there, granny, granddad, mam, dad, helen, Rob.

So yes bit of a strange week i have had to say the least.

Here is to a much happier weekend thou.

Love Rach x


Jude said...

He looked a lovely guy. His poor family must be trying to make sense of it all. We lost a (volunteer) colleague a month ago with a heart attack, and although he was well into his 70's he too was fit and well - in fact he was a Walk Leader. So sorry you are hurting but hope that the joy of your sisters return helps you. (((hugs))) Jude.x

Jackie xxx said...

Sorry to hear your sad news, but happy that you are getting your sister back.

Sending you a hug x

Libby said...

So sorry to hear about your work mate. It is a shock when someone fit and healthy dies suddenly. Sounds like a good time (for you) to have your sister returning :-).

Claireliz said...

Hugs Rachel, it's always a shock to lose a friend, hope your ok. Glad to hear your sister is coming back, I bet your really excited.


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