Peaches Geldof’s death and why I blog
A few hours ago I heard on the radio that a 25 year old mum of two boys, both under 2 years old, had just died. Peaches Geldof’s death has shaken those I know on social media, and in particular other parents of young children.
I was literally in tears as I read what father, Bob Geldof and husband, Thomas Cohen had to say about Peaches here.
I’m not interested in how or why she died. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that tonight there are two babies who have lost a mummy, a husband who has lost a wife, a father who has lost a daughter, sisters who have lost their sister, and many more family members and friends who have lost someone close.
I have a 7 year old daughter and a (nearly) 17 month old daughter, and this evening there have been even more hugs dealt out to them than usual.
For a long time I’ve been thinking about why I blog, really why, and Peaches’ death makes me realise ultimately what this blog is about. This is my message to my family. This is my way of explaining to those close to me how much I love them.
If anything were to happen to me (because let’s face it life is so bloody fragile) I hope that my children could read this when they were older, and know just how much I love them. Uh-oh, cue tears as I write this.
I write openly, honestly and from the heart. I write about the mundane, every day stuff of our family life, I commit it to this blog so that it will be remembered. I write for me. I write for Hubs. I write for my parents. But above all I write for my beautiful, precious girls (ok, floods of tears now as I write).
In the past I’ve written letters to those close to me on my blog – my mum, my dad, Hubs, my 7 year old, L, and my nearly 17 month old, C. I hope to let them know how loved they are through these letters. But in case they didn’t know it, Mum, Dad, Hubs, L and C – you mean the world to me, know that I love you more than you can ever imagine, and that the thought of losing any of you leaves me feeling utterly bereft. Thank you for being who you are, and for being the best parents, husband and children that anyone could wish for.
Life is so short, I have seen husbands lose wives, parents lose young children, and children lose parents long before any of them should. Embrace life. Live every minute. Soak it up, take it in, and make the most of it.
And if you have anyone you love in your life. Tell them. Show them. Love them. Hug them. Kiss them. Every day. As if it were your last.
Ok, I have to stop writing now, as I’m an absolute mess. So here are some photos of me with my very special people. I love you all so much.
All photos were taken at my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding last year. Such a happy day for all our family. I haven’t mentioned the other people in my life as this could go on forever, but family, extended family, friends, know that you are all loved too xx