To The Man In The Picture

I seem to turn to my blog when I’m hurting. Maybe it is still a little bit therapeutic.

Recently the world lost another soul. But this wasn’t a stranger, this was someone who is so loved, up and down the country and probably around the world.

You never really think about how many lives you touch until you are faced with loss. But this person touched so many lives. Including ours.

I had the most idyllic childhood. The older I get the more I realise just how lucky I was. One thing this childhood contained was the typical yearly holiday. But we didn’t just go anywhere. We went to one place.

Every single year.

This one place has been filled with hundreds of people and faces. It’s a second home for me and mine and it is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Places like this are always made better by the people you meet. And my god didn’t we meet some amazing people.

We rented the same home every time we went. The people who owned the home became friends. They became real people that we really cared about.

As I grew up we stopped going. I became a moody teen and my brother and sister became adults with their own lives. But eventually, all of us hit that moment when we had to return. Sometimes for a night. Sometimes for several.

We always went back to the same people. People who never forgot us, who never stopped caring and welcomed us home each and every time we came.

I was so excited so give my own children that place we call home. To take them there when we need to escape. To see the people who always greeted us with a smile. Our holiday family.

But time is a bitch, Time takes things away.  Time is not always kind.

Which couldn’t be more true.

The man in the picture..

You made our childhoods amazing. You gave us such amazing memories. The photos and the stories, we wouldn’t have those if it wasn’t for you and your wonderful family.

All the time you gave, all the phone calls with dad, you were are a very special human to us.

Last year we came down. We knew the bad news. We wanted to come to thank you for everything you and yours gave us a family.

A second place we can escape to. A place filled with amazing memories.

And now you’re gone, I didn’t ever think to go to the same place and seeing those people, would give us those type of faraway connections.

But I know so many people feel the same.

Cannot imagine what the family are going through without you.

To anyone else you are the man in the picture, but your family are everything we love about escaping there.

The world lost an amazing man who touched so many lives. Those people are rare. This world needs more of those people.

We will never forget those memories. And our children will carry those memories on.

Thank you. So much, thank you x

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