This is an odd reason to be cheerful so please bare with me. My father died 10 years ago. He died of heart failure which basically meant he was dead before he hit the floor.
Every December there’s a rugby match between Oxford and Cambridge Universities called the Varsity Match. My father started going when he was at school and basically out of 40 years that he went he only missed 3. He absolutely loved these occasions as initially it was a chance to catch up with mates who he perhaps didn’t see much during the year and to enjoy a game of rugby. As he got older, my brothers got older and that meant they enjoyed it with him with their friends as well. My father died at 57 and my brothers enjoyed going to the Varsity with him for 10 years. I was a girl and although love my sport and certainly do know the off side rule, I didn’t really fit into their idea of a great day at Twickenham however I was lucky enough to be part of that day for his final 2 years and I loved every minute of it – the only girl with about 30 blokes, who wouldn’t enjoy it!!
So 10 years ago my father unfortunately died the night of the Varsity Match. But as he quite often said, if you’re going to go make sure it’s during a good game of cricket or rugby!! – he was just a few hours late!!
We, therefore, every December have the most amazing day at Twickenham with all of our friends and his friends. It’s always bitterly cold so we arrive just before noon wrapped up to the nth degree. A few beers are had and then off we trot down to the ground to watch the match. It’s not normally the greatest display of rugby but it’s a fabulous occasion with amazing atmosphere. We then pile back to the pub for a few more and then stumble back closer to home for a drunken curry It’s the same format every year with basically the same people and although there’s a slight sadness as to why we are all there, it is also one of my favourite days of the year. I get to spend a day with my husband, my brothers, their friends and my Dad’s friends. It’s only a few weeks before Christmas and nothing can make me sad before Christmas.
So although it’s quite a significant milestone this year with it being 10 years there is a definite reason to be cheerful – a great day out with family and friends. He is always looking down with a large glass of Rioja and a big smile on his face. Cheers to you Pups. I love you very much.
Normally Mummy From The Heart hosts R2BC however she is away for 2 weeks so please head on over to Kat A Pillar to view some other reasons to be cheerful. I’m going to be hosting next week which I’m highly excited about as it’ll be my first blog hop so please please come back next week.
Thanks as always for reading