For personal reasons, this is just a brief post to mark and remember some sad family news.
Yesterday evening we lost Pops. He was a well loved man with a large family and will be terribly missed by everyone. I’m especially devastated for Granny, who has lost a husband, and for G and his siblings, who’ve lost a father.
I’m sad that Matilda won’t remember her grandfather but I’m glad that she did at least meet him once, even though he’d fallen drastically ill by then and was unable to hold her.
We haven’t told James the news yet – we need to think how to do it in a way that he’ll understand. My hope is that he will remember Pops fondly as the person who made him lovely things from wood, such as his toybox and his book box.
Only a few weeks ago, when all seemed well, we had a celebratory meal with Granny and Pops in Richmond and he gave us a little wooden sign that he’d made for James to stake out his patch on the allotment. It feels even more precious now.
Sending all of our love to Granny x