"Today is my eldest son James' 41st birthday. James, wife Eisa and grandchildren Jessica and Sam live in France and though our contact be infrequent, they are always in my prayers and are never far from my thoughts. James is one of those people who can literally go months verging on a year without making contact. I cannot say this is a trait of which I approve, nor is one that the rest of the extensive Forde family displays or endorses. Being adult however, it is one that I have reluctantly grown to accept since me and his mother were divorced thirty four years ago. It is, I'm afraid, sadly the price that a parent sometimes pays for a marital breakup. Happy birthday, son. I love you. Dad x
If you are wise, you will move as close as you can to your friends and family as soon as you can in your life and remain close ever after, for the time will surely come when you'll be thankful for their presence in your life and the grace that flows from knowing they are and will always be there for you during moments of need.
Friends and family anchor you to their moral moorings and remind you when you stray from the path you were born to walk. They will not reprimand you for honest mistakes made nor reject you for human weakness borne out of compassion and concern for another. However, they will willingly share your pain and struggle and rejoice in your gladness, for the very feelings that govern their emotional output governs yours also. You share the same pulse of life and your blood flows through veins that form the same rivers of respect." William Forde: April 20th, 2015.