Happy Anniversary

Tue 24th Jul 2007 by Ben Palmer.

A few weeks ago I wrote about The Tunnel. Well, today marks the end of the tunnel, the brightening of the light for this year; it is my wedding anniversary and there are no more painful days. At least not until Christmas.

I have been busy all day, working, but this has also caused me to reflect very strongly on a markedly different July 24th, eight years ago, when the sun shone strongly enough to make it an almost unbearably hot day.

I'm happy. Happy that Jessica and I had that day together, the six and a half years before it, and the almost five years after it. My thoughts about the loss of the years after June 30th, 2004 are very different. To quote our new bedtime story book, Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr Fox', my thoughts are often filled with 'dirty words that cannot be printed.'

Somehow though, I am going to make a difference to some other father, son and daughter's lives so that they never know our pain. That will make me happy.

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