"Forgive my late post today but I was coughing and bringing up phlegm all night. I will be alright with my breathing once I am sitting down in front of my laptop. I seem to forget about my illnesses when my mind is fully active and I am writing or composing a story. I really enjoyed the film about the Brontes last night. My deepest sympathies go out to my facebook friend, Patricia Howie from Batley, who has had a far worse week than myself. After having a mastectomy on Wednesday, her husband Phillip waited until his dear wife came home from the hospital before passing away. My prayers are with you, Patricia and your family in this time of loss.
Probably more than any other night of the year, New Year's Eve is meant to be spent with someone you love. On those occasions when that cannot be so, the night seems to take on a significance which is undoubtedly proportionate to your feelings of sadness, unfulfilled dreams or misspent emotions.
Such feelings of sadness are only possible when you make your entire happiness dependent upon the presence of another in your life; when you feel less of a whole person without the other half of the soul mate you crave. It is unwise to build the foundation of your present and continued happiness upon the presence of another, and yet we have been or are all guilty of this from time to time.
Was I to record some of the saddest nights in my life, top of the list would be New Year's Eve. However sad it may be to miss the presence of someone you love who died, believe me, that it is just as sad finding oneself married to a husband or wife who has stopped loving you, and to whom you still remained emotionally attached. On such occasions, when those New Year bells ring out, it is easy to focus on everyone else out partying with their loving partners and having the time of their lives while you are at home twiddling your thumbs in quiet and angry resentment.
I used to go dancing every New Year's Eve, but since my restriction in mobility over the past few years, Sheila and I are happy to spend it at home in front of a warm fire, with a drink, a box of chocolates and a Scrabble board to hand. If this sounds a bit sad to any of you, believe me when I tell you that we wouldn't have it any other way; we couldn't be happier or have it any better. Happy New Year's Eve." December 31st, 2016.