This week… Boris the warrior fought his first fight, and came off slightly damaged. A visit to the vet, some fur shaved off, lots of growls and cries, local anaesthetic injected, 5 clips inserted, and the lovely Paula said “ If you say 162 dollars very fast, it might not be so bad”!!!
This week… the flowers in the garden continued to show their glory. Deep purple tulips, ruffled red poppies, foxgloves in various shades, and Dutch Iris in purple.
This week.. I finally found the batik fabrics to continue with the Midnight Mystery quilt. Deep purple, with fans of purple on black, 2 shades of blue, and a beautiful teal green with other colours as well in that fabric. Thanks, Dianne at Village Books and Crafts, you can find her at College Street, Palmerston North. So many goodies there, I was very restrained and came home with the four that I needed!!! The other blocks are almost finished, just waiting for the new borders or inset squares.
This week… the firewood pile is high and mighty, thanks again to Anne and Norman, 3 more trees cut down, split and stacked. The shed roof was repaired, and looks so waterproof. I stood and waited for rain, but knew when it does fall, all the wood inside will be dry, Thanks Norm, for the extra building and carpentry.
This week …I watched TV, and saw the Head Monitor of Christchurch Boys High School give his valedictory speech at the end of year Prize Giving. Jake Bailey, an inspiration to each one of us, was diagnosed with cancer a week earlier.
There is a link for the video, and I also watched the whole prize giving ceremony, thanks to CBHS. At the end of the ceremony, and after Jake had returned to hospital, the school choir sang, and then it was announced that all the monitors would also sing, they said they made this choice after the events of the past three weeks. Every one stood and joined in , pupils, teachers, and parents.
“ You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Below is an excerpt from some of his speech.
Jake gave his speech from a wheelchair, and at the end students performed an emotional haka .
"I wrote a speech and then a week before I was due to deliver it they said, you've got cancer," Jake said.
"They said if you don't get any treatment you'll be dead in three weeks. And they told me that I wouldn't be able to come and deliver this speech here tonight".
Here's the thing, none of us get out of life alive. So be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities that you have … I wrote this before I knew I had cancer and now I have a whole new spin on it.
“Forget about long-term dreams. Let’s be passionately dedicated to the pursuit of short-term goals. Work with passion and pride on what is in front of us. We don’t know where we might end up or when it might end up.”
“I don’t know where it goes from here, for any of us – for me, for you. But I wish you the very best in your journey, and I thank you all for being part of mine.”
My thanks to CBHS, Jake Bailey, and courtesy of the Internet for this content and the links. A man who is an inspiration to his fellow students, the teachers, all parents, and his family .
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ May we all have the strength to endure pain,
wisdom to think things through,
and courage to face fears”
Greetings from Jean