Little to say for myself

Monday, February 24, 2003  

One of the more memorable weekends.

Spent a few precious hours with the love of my life after she'd had a tough week away in the blizzards of New York.
Hopped on an afternoon train to London to experience my first, all-up, no-expense-spared Opera (Rigoletto) at the Coliseum. Fab.
Eight of us caught the Last Train Back - engineering works meant we didn't get in to Cambridge until well after 2, the whole journey spent making each other giggle.
Sat up 'til 4 watching the taped rugby match (knowing I was seeing my brothers the next day, and that there was no way I'd avoid knowing the result).

Dragged self out of bed and drove over to Mum's to help fill a huge skip (and an equally huge bonfire) with 50 years-worth of memories. She's started the process (3 years after Dad died) of clearing out in preparation for starting her New Life in a new place. We stopped for lunch and realised this might be the first time ever that just the five of us (Mum and her four sons) had sat down to eat together. In the early years Dad was always there, and now we all have families of our own in tow. A day full of dust, cobwebs, hibernating bats and laughter.
My older son texted me to say he'd goalkeepered his team to a narrow 18-1 victory in their cup football match.

This raises the bar for weekends to come.

posted by Plig | 00:39 |

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