Today’s song is appropriately named ‘Matthew’. This song was on John Denver’s eighth album ‘Back Home Again’ which was released in June 1974. The multi-platinum album contained several hit singles, the most noted being ‘Annie’s Song’.
When I first got together with Fiona, she was separated with a young son called Matthew, and after we started living together, until Matthew was in his twenties, he continued to live as part of our family. I always made sure that he would see his blood father every weekend and stay overnight with his dad whenever he wanted to.
Although Matthew is in effect my step-son, he has always held a place in my heart as dearly as any of my other four children. I refused to allow fractious terms such as half-brother to ever seek to fragment and divide our family unit. I never encouraged Matthew to deny his blood father by calling me ‘Dad’. He had been blessed with a father every bit as good a man as I was, but since he matured into manhood, I do refer to myself as ‘Dad Bill’ every day I message him.
It is Matthew’s 45th birthday today. Although the least academic of my children, Mathew has held the same job now in a meat production factory for nigh on twenty years; itself a feat when young people entering the work market today are often unable to hold down a steady job. Matthew has is own house in Mirfield and is the most affectionate, generous, friendly giant of a man one could ever hope to meet. Anyone who knows our Matthew cannot fail to like him as there is simply nothing to dislike about him.
Have the best of birthdays, son and try not to drink too much in your celebrations. I love you dearly. Dad Bill and Sheila x
Love and peace Bill xxx