This week, in Athens, a dream came true. With the gift of two tickets, we got to see a hero in concert. Would he sing our song, we wondered?

Time to Say Goodbye became ‘our’ song during the Covid years. Confined to the apartment, on our first New Year’s Eve in Athens, we blasted the rendition on full power, from our veranda, sharing the music with all our neighbours. Timed to perfection, Andrea Bocelli’s last note – held unfathomable long – was met by explosions of fireworks overhead. 2021 had arrived. Tears streamed down my face, full of gratitude that we were all safe and hopeful the pandemic would end. As we all know it wasn’t quite over then, dark times lay ahead.

In March, back in Ireland, Shane’s dad (Grandad) was hospitalised for a common complaint. He was in pain, the kind of pain doctors soothe with ease. He was also scared and confused. Every day, Shane spoke with his dad on the phone. Their conversations kept light. They spoke about their shared love of hurling and golf.

When Grandad was moved to another hospital, covid attacked and things took an ominous turn.

Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman – Time To Say Goodbye

Shane made moves to fly home. You’ll remember how arduous crossing borders, even in Europe, was in times of covid. In a full hazmat suit, Shane entered Grandad’s hospital room; “The scene was surreal.” he told me on the phone that evening. Grandad died when Shane was driving to the hospital to see him. He knew it would be their last farewell.

Four days later, from our sofa in Athens, Ruby and I watched Grandad’s funeral mass, live-streamed from the near-empty Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles. Grandad was well known and much loved, hundreds would have come… only 10 were allowed.

Reading this might bring back memories from your own pandemic years. Be kind and gentle with yourself when you let yourself remember. Write about it. For me, writing about heavy memories and emotions helps me lift burdens. If you want to send me your writing, I’d love to read it. Leave a reply in the comments below, email me, or post your thoughts in our Facebook Circle. Now, breathe, stretch and shake it out. Then write. 😘

Much Love and Light

Vig 🧡

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