"Today is my son, Adam's 37th birthday. The past year has been a difficult year for Adam with the break up of his marriage and the unexpected changing of life's circumstances, occupation and accommodation.
All of my children are special to me in their own individual way. Each respond differently to pressure, failure and success and reflect significantly different characteristics and mannerisms than their siblings in doing so. Adam was a poorly child at birth and we nearly lost him, but he pulled through. In fact, he pulled through then and has successfully pulled through every other life crisis experience that has beset him since. I have not the slightest doubt that he will display the strength required to pull through this time too. His personal strength is his 'staying power,' his ability to endure and his capacity to express his emotions at the moment of their birth. It is this capacity to love, feel, be angry and cry that is his lifelong safety valve, but it is his capacity to care for others selflessly that places him apart from the successful ambitious in his sphere of work.
You will fare well in your life, Adam, of that I've not the slightest doubt, and I believe that your intrinsic characteristics of goodness and concern for others will not allow you to pass by unrewarded. It is my deepest hope that you shall one day find the kind of happiness with a woman that I have been so lucky to discover with my Sheila. I am ever so proud of you son and I wish you a happy birthday with your family and friends. We will meet again soon at your brother William's wedding in Poland. I love you, Adam. Dad xxx" William Forde: September 7th, 2013.