Saturday, 4 December 2010

Far Reaching Tentacles of Love

We celebrated Speckly Woo's fourth birthday yesterday. A close family affair, enjoyed in all the chaos and commotion associated with opening gifts and entertaining three little girls.


Our three granddaughters have taken centre-stage these past few years but, yesterday, my thoughts drifted back to around ten days before Speckly Woo's arrival. Occasionally, in our lives, we are blessed with special moments, days to remember and people to cherish.

It was my birthday, 23rd November, 2006. I had dropped Mags off at her place of work before heading over to our daughter's house. On arrival, she gave me a birthday hug and handed me a card and CD-shaped gift. It was the 'Love' album, by The Beatles.

We're both big fans. So we sat, with mugs of coffee, the hi-fi cranked up, and the music playing. Hardly a comment passed between us. Perhaps, the odd glance as a particular favourite cued up. This was one of those special times, a father and daughter experience. A string of time holding those jewelled moments. And at the heart of it all, a tear. Not a tear of sadness, but a tear of joy that sprung deep from her childhood. Something connected without warning, as the album progressed into 'Octopus's Garden/Lady Madonna'. Whatever else, it was a shared instant of joy, not to be analysed or investigated. Merely held, and kept safe.

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely memory -jewelled moments perfectly recorded. And I love Lady Madonna, when you get the Beatles young they never leave you!

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  2. A lovely time to remember, that's for sure. The Beatles hit iTunes recently and Hey Jude was the top song, did you know?

    (Sorry I missed your birthday!)

    Kat

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  3. Wonderful, Martin.
    Those moments are priceless, I envy you and your daughter.

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  4. That's what music does to me, too.

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  5. Moments like these are such a joy to remember and tell...sounds like you had a wonderful Birthday Martin! :-)

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  6. Wonderful little chance moments like that are often far better than the big orchestrated Moments to Remember.

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  7. Beautiful moment in time to carry with you always. Those special moments are priceless.

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  8. Happy Birthday to Speckly Woo! And may you always all have beautiful moments to cherish and remember!

    Nevine

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  9. A lovely post, Martin. Those moments are truly precious.

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  10. Oh, I had a lump in my throat reading this, Martin. Music is an amazing connector, both to people, and to moments in our lives.
    Thanks for sharing this special moment with us. And a belated Happy Birthday to the little lady.

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  11. Love those Beatles-never ever tire of listening to those magical musicians

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  12. Wonderful post. The very best times are not those "big" occasions, but those unexpected special moments that life sometimes hands us.

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  13. Happy Birthday to your little Woo! xox

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  14. You describe such a special moment and how lovely of you to share it, perhaps evoking similar things in our own minds. My main thought is that your daughter and grand-daughters are very fortunate to have that closeness with you. Daddies/grandads are precious and important for girls.

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