Welcome to this week’s Prose for Thought. There seems to be a continuing theme of life and what you make it this month. This week sees a tribute to someone I knew.
Last week a friend of mine back in Sunninghill tragically lost her daughter. Lucy, aged 22. The news came to me via Facebook last Friday night and to say it was a shock was an understatement.
Lucy was one of those girls who, whenever I met her, was happy and smiley. She was the first person outside of my family to babysit Grace when I moved to my flat in Sunninghill. Grace was three and it was the summer of 2009 when I landed a part in the play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ playing the role of Gwendolen Fairfax therefore needing someone to look after Grace.
I met Lucy via her Mum, Caroline. They own a beautiful shop in the village called ‘Pink and Brown’. I remember Lucy explaining to me about how much she loved kids and wanted to work with them. I recall how she arrived at my door and immediately put me at ease by playing with Grace. She was adamant that she was going to be a teacher and she achieved that goal when she graduated from Winchester University in July this year. She was due to start a new job in September. She would have been a fantastic and well-loved teacher.
Lucy was on holiday in France when she was involved in a tragic car accident on 20th August 2013 and died in hospital in Rennes, France at 4.30pm the following day. Her family were with her.
Thinking of Caroline and Lucy’s sister Emily. I dedicate this post to Lucy. This poem is for you. Rest peacefully xx
A Poem for Lucy
A smiling face arrived at my door
For my daughter she did reassure
A life ahead knowing her vocation
A steady and knowing determination
Was a kindly soul, both loving and caring
Showing a child just how to be sharing
A summertime trip before a new position
With a carefree and happy disposition
Turned to tragedy in the blink of an eye
Turned from sunbeam on earth to a star in the sky
Taken too soon, had a life before her
With friends and a family who adored her
A Mothers love is hard to fool
You want to wrap them in cotton wool
Let them out in the world to find their way
And some days all you can do is pray
So how do you deal with a pain so deep
When the one you bore is ever asleep
Now she leaves the ones behind
With so many answers to questions to find
Why one with so very much to give
Was taken so soon and not left to live
Why such a beautiful heart and soul
Had her fate decided and too soon had to go
But know her life was never in vain
She showed you how you have so much to gain
Such beautiful memories she has left you
Just what you achieve if you turn your hand to
Walking with you most everyday
Take comfort in the fact she’s not far away
© Victoria Welton. 25th August 2013.
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