This morning I woke up and read the very sad news about the death of Kathreen
and Rob who is missing. Kathreen is very well known in the crafting community
and runs a very successful website called whipup.
They were on the trip of a lifetime with their two children, 10 and 13
around Australia. I've been watching their pictures in my Instagram feed.
I've felt so sad all day. Yesterday morning they woke up in their tent
and had their breakfast and probably had a bit of argy bargy about chores
because that's what families do,
and then at some point they went down to the beach to enjoy the sea.
Just an ordinary day like any other.
Except it wasn't.
It was the day the trip ended.
I said this morning, and I'll say it in this space,
If you had one year left to live,
wouldn't you want to spend it camping with your kids?
Imagine all the conversations they have had as a family
as they travelled on the road, as they cooked dinners and washed the dishes.
Long leisurely conversations about the things that matter.
This afternoon I got out a couple of fabrics that were "too special to cut up"
and made a banner with hugs and kisses.
I ran out in the rain in bare feet and cut a branch off a tree
and my dear friend Gill popped around and she crocheted the cord to hang it up.
I've hung it by the back door to remind us
to tell each other "I love you"
and to treasure each day as the gift it is.
I also put some wild flowers in a travel cup at my entrance
to honour Kathreen and the way she lived her life,
in a way which encouraged others.
She leaves behind a legacy bigger than she could possibly imagine,
the best way to remember her is to be present with our friends and family
and make sure our priorities are in the right place.
Kathreen, you will never be forgotten.