Marie's January Article

28 Jan 21

January 2021

As I write this letter it is the middle of December and we are all looking forward to a very different Christmas but I hope children everywhere will enjoy it.  They have lost Halloween and Bonfire Night, so let’s all hope they can celebrate Christmas and look forward to 2021, as 2020 must have been the worst, saddest and most fearsome year anyone can remember.  Let us pray that with the arrival of the vaccine and people being sensible, we can defeat this virus.

December has so far had its ups and downs.  You may think I’m mad but it was lovely to see a couple of crisp frosty mornings kicking out the dark, damp and foggy days.  However, the scientists and meteorologists are predicting that we may never see any more snow due to climate change.  Let us hope and pray that the snow will be with us for a while.

Many years ago the arrival of snow set into action men, women and children in Nuthurst Crescent to get out their sledges and black bin liners and go sledging on the banks in Tunnel Road.  My sister-in-law (Ann) would take my lads with her own and, if anything, she loved it more than the children.  I always worried for their safety.

A new year just beginning who knows what lies ahead?   

Will there be love and laughter and some sadness along the way?     

Whatever life throws at us, remember those who have no-one to care,

The homeless, the unloved, the sick the suffering and the bereaved everywhere,   

A card, a kind word or telephone call will show someone you’re there.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Marie Cove.

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