Since Henry died I’ve started to learn how to live. Really live. It’s not easy, but then it’s not meant to be. We all struggle with different problems, challenges and disappointments. No one is exempt. Losing children is arguably as bad as it gets.
I’ve retreated into my Shepherd Hut, as some people know. I can be found there most evenings enjoying its peace, away from the chores staring me in the face in our home. The sights, sounds and smells of the nature surrounding me feeds my spirit.
However, Henry Dancer Days gives me a focus. It has, alongside Gary, my friends, my family, and my Godchildren, become my reason for being. The charity helps provide brief moments of happiness to people in a very dark place. Those who saw the recent BBC coverage of our Storytelling project will see what some of our work means to kids like young Joel. The messages I receive from parents and older kids shows that our grants make a big difference too. We can’t take cancer away but we can give a little respite and a smile.
I recently read some of the words of Robert G Ingersoll, “The Great Agnostic”:
“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
“Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is make others so.”
This is what Henry Dancer Days will always try to achieve.
Have a happy Christmas and enjoy those around you,
The daft old bat in her Shepherd Hut (Jane) x
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