My brother touched so many lives. People we didn't even know have been contacting us and telling us how much he supported them and bought sunshine into their lives. It seems he had a collection of female friends he communicated with all over the globe. It's really lovely to hear from these people now. Another amazing thing I didn't even know, was that Roly lobbied state parliament in WA to get an electricity subsidy for quadriplegics who were not able to regulate their own body temperature (apparently called thermoregulatory dysfunction), so that they could afford the air conditioning costs that they needed to stay well and comfortable. In his letter and meeting, he had asked for $10 a week. The thingy got passed in parliament and from January 2007, these people in need will get a $28 a week subsidy on their electricity. It makes me feel good he used his time to do good for others.
Another amazing thing happened yesterday. In a very strange way, I was given a copy of a book that a lady thought I had left on the counter at Myer (I had been there buying some gifts a few minutes earlier). I assured the lady I had my parcels, but looked at the book anyway. It was titled We Are Their Heaven by Allison Dubois and is all about research and real life stories of how people who have passed away communicate with us through a variety of different ways, coincidences, thoughts etc. Coincidences just like this. It was amazing, like I was supposed to find out about this book. Of course I bought it and went straight to the coffee shop and started reading it. The comfort it is bringing me is indescribable.
Roly's passing has also had a profound effect on my scrapbooking. Making the page look pretty just doesn't seem to matter at the moment. I just want to write and write. Not only about him, but about me and about my family and my childhood and our life. I just don't want all these memories to be lost. I'm a women possessed by her journalling pen :)
Did 2 layouts last night but can't share cos they were for a friend who is submitting an article to a scrapping mag.
Josh is settling into Kinder really well. He's now going 2 sessions a week. Yesterday was crazy hair day. I knew those psychedelic scrapbooking ribbons I bought ages ago would be useful for something :) Samuel has a tooth coming through and a cold and is very miserable. He's usually so happy so it's a real shock when he's sad and grumpy. When he is in pain, he has these really scary episodes where he is really anxious and stiff and inconsolable. It;s frightening to watch, but he usually comforts into these sad little sobs on my shoulder. I was supposed to go with Paul to a party tonight, but no way i was leaving him while he gets like this. So it's home for me tonight. I can handle that though. I'm tired and there's a million layouts waiting for me if I feel inspired.
Enough waffling from me - how are you?