A very sad but not unexpected event happened this week. My dearly beloved friend Felicity lost her fight against Ovarian Cancer. I had spent much time with her during her diagnosis almost five years ago. It took weeks for the hospital to find out what was the matter and she nearly died then. She bravely fought on, only having more treatment when as she put it 'it started to hurt'. I spoke to her on the phone a few weeks ago and we said goodbye then - I hoped her wait would not be too long.
The day I heard about her death also brought a big surprise.
My husband sat me down and said he had something to tell me. My heart missed a beat...He continued 'I have a daughter I did not know I had, she's 19 and called Ellie'. You could have knocked me down with a feather!
Today, we went to meet Ellie on her 20th birthday. She's charming, definitely her Father's daughter and I'm really pleased to have her in my life.
What a week! A sad, sad loss of an old friend and a wonderful new step-daughter.
Life is full of ups and downs. This reminds me to actively live life NOW. We never know what is going to come along. I will strive to greet every day with an open heart and mind - to honour Felicity and welcome my lovely new stepdaughter.