The obvious reference to this song for me is my wonderful wife, Sheila, who truly ‘lights up my life, lights up my nights, lights up my days, and gives me hope to carry on’. There are no words which are adequate to describe the depth of my love, respect and admiration I feel for her. Sheila, like myself, has always been a ‘getter-upper’, a ‘get-on-with-it’ person, ‘a goer’ and ‘a can-doer’. Individually, we have each always been the strongest of characters, the most mature of siblings, the gatekeepers of family harmony; the one family member that has always been there for our brothers, sisters, extended family and parents in their worst times of need.
Individually, we have always represented these qualities of character, but together it is simply undeniable that we are indefatigable in our beliefs regarding helping all humans and animals and indomitable in spirit when the going gets tough and we each need to help the other. I know that were I a reader of my daily posts instead of their author, a part of me would be thinking, “Impossible! No relationship is that good. He’s egging it for his readers! That man protests his love for Sheila ‘too much’ for it to be true”.
But, believe me, all holders of this view could not be more wrong. Sheila and I have lived and will die, but as far as the hand of destiny is capable of touching and the face of fate can see into the future, we are so intricately connected in thought, feeling, action, purpose and belief that even the stars in the heavens will feel outshone by our love of each other and the planets of the galaxy will turn in envious rotation.
Over the past eight years, my illnesses and cancerous conditions have required hundreds of blood transfusions, numerous operations, two near-death experiences, two six-month periods of chemotherapy, and more recently, twenty sessions of radiotherapy. In addition, during five of these past eight years, I have spent between six and nine months annually either confined to a hospital, my bed or my house.
And yet, I tell you most truly, since I met and married Sheila, the past decade has been the happiest ten years of my life. Such happiness we have both experienced is indestructible because we are in love with each other.
Love and peace Bill xxx