Today is the birthday of Elaine Drake. May your special day be filled with happy memories and much peace, Elaine…and …lots of cake and wine. Elaine and I were brought up in the same area of West Yorkshire and though she may not be aware, I love scanning through her daily posts and I admire her poignancy of thought in her page selection of daily thoughts (the most recent ironic one being how we can honour the ‘Second World War’ heroes one week and remove their free television licences the next)!
Elaine Craven, on the other hand, (whose birthday it isn't) is one of the bravest women I know who has probably had more hard knocks in life than anyone, and still she refuses to allow anything to keep her down. She has just experienced a year of renewed heartache that most people would simply find intolerable. In many ways, her ability to express her anger at the injustice heaped upon her loved ones has kept her sane, but it is the love she possesses inside her and which she expresses towards her friends and loved ones that will prove her lasting salvation, and will hopefully enable her glimpses and experiences of lasting happiness at a future date.
To both women of substance, I dedicate today’s song. You are each much more admired and loved than you can possibly imagine. Never lose that love of life and fight for survival inside you, and never forget a message that has meant so much to me in life and which was responsible for changing my life at a time it needed changing: ‘Love Changes Everything’.
Love and peace Bill xxx