Life can be a bastard. It can take people away and it can bring people together. Friends. Family. Sometimes it is because someone has gone that people are brought together, for the first time in a decade.
My father-in-law passed away peacefully and his whole family came together at his funeral this week to support each other, and in some cases to meet each other for the first time. It would have made him happy to see hands being shaken and hugs being given. In fact he was probably disappointed to have missed it.
Life shows you who your friends are too. The ones who go out of their way to help, expecting nothing in return. We value their friendship beyond words.
Life brought friends together over a glass of wine and a rugby match.
Life showed The Big One that he has the confidence to recite a poem perfectly no matter how difficult the situation.
Life skills 2: fence climbing if being chased by a bull, or just for fun.
Life skills 3: pot washing can be fun (if you are 4) but may not be fun for ever.
Life skills 4. It is perfectly acceptable to drink beer on a school day lunchtime if it was bought for you.
Life has the knack of bringing you a perfect sunny day just when you need something to smile about.
We've all learnt a few of life's lessons this week and I'm sure life will bring us a few more lessons yet.