THE NIGHT THE ANGELS CAME
Michael has a good job in retail management. He lives with his partner and their six month old baby daughter in a house not far from Colleen and Eamon. We still see them all a couple of times a year. Eamon and Colleen adopted Michael eighteen months after he moved in. They are in their mid sixties now, very fit and healthy, have a good relationship with their daughter-in-law and dote on their granddaughter.
Nora and Jack are in their late seventies and are both healthy. I saw them earlier this year while shopping in the high street. They see Michael and his family, and Colleen and Eamon, regularly.
I still think of Pat sometimes, with great affection; he was one of life’s gentlemen, kind, thoughtful, optimistic and determined to make the best of every day. It is no surprise Michael has inherited his father’s philosophy. I know Pat would be very proud of his son; indeed I am sure he is. I should like to leave you with another of Pat’s favourite Irish blessings:
May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
Fantastic news. I’ve just heard that Michael and his partner are expecting their second child in July.
9 July 2013
Good news. Michael’s partner gave birth to a healthy baby boy this afternoon. Apparently the baby is the image of Patrick. We will of course visit them very soon
I bumped into Michael and his family while shopping in town. It was lovely to see them all. The youngest boy still looks the image of Patrick. Michael thinks so too. Eamon and Colleen are well and they will all be together for Christmas. I sent them my love, and also Nora and Jack whom I haven’t seen for a while. Michael had another piece of news: he and his partner are planning on getting married next year. Congratulations!
I saw Michael and his family in a local park over the Easter holidays. Their youngest son is at school now! How time flies. We had a good chat over a hot drink in the café and I was pleased to hear all their news. Sadly Jack passed away last year – sudden, a heart attack – but Nora is still doing very well.