It's only been a year
since I last wrote to you but it feels like a millennium. Many things
have happened- events, functions, celebrations, birthdays, funerals, births
and deaths. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions, and feelings, merriments
and sorrows. A year on I feel wiser and look at life with a different
Christmas at the Healy
house was a tad low key this year due to a mishap in my family that you
will read about further down in my letter. However, my uncle Pat invited
us all to his big house and cooked for us all a lovely Christmas meal.
This immensely lifted our spirits. It was a perfect occasion when all
my cousins came together and we had a great time. My uncle John was so
funny- he got a bit tipsy and sang ol' Irish songs and changed the lyrics
to make them silly. Everyone enjoyed his songs.
There are a couple
of events that happened that have changed a few things forever in my life.
Firstly my mother, whom I love so dearly, got married to the love of her
life. Her love and affection towards my stepdad, George, taught me how
true love is so different to what we see in the movies. My mom told me
that it takes a lot of respect, trust and loyalty to have a beautiful
and long-lasting marriage. She also told me it takes a lot of compromise
and efforts keep any relationship fresh and interesting, and I believe
her and it is certainly true with her and George and I pray that someday
I will have the same.
event happened. I was told by my mom that I was going to have a baby brother
or sister. My mother told me that we would have this new person in the
family before Christmas. That would have been the best Christmas present
for me. But this will not happen now because this baby was taken by God
to be an Angel with him in Heaven. My mom tells me that this baby would
have been a girl. We therefore decided to call her Éabha. I took
the name Éabha as my Confirmation Name. My entire family was terribly
upset about this horrible loss but we all helped each other get through
that difficult time. I now have a beautiful little sister who is an Angel
in Heaven. I sometimes lie in my bed at night and look into the sky and
try to pick out the star that Éabha's hiding behind. I imagine
she would have had been slightly tanned, gorgeous long silky brown hair,
and beautiful big brown eyes and would become a diva. I have learned that
we can plan so many things in our life but can never be certain of their
outcome. After all, they say, Man proposes and God disposes!
My Dearest Grace,
I feel I can write pages and pages of my life stories to you as I know
you enjoy listening to the. However it's almost bed time for me. I feel
relieved of my sorrows, now that I shared them with you. One can only
hope and pray that the year to come will bring us all happiness and joyful
memories. My anticipation starts now.......
Sophie Ní Éalaí