"Today is Easter Sunday and it is also the birthday of my first born James, who lives in France with his wife and two children. James is the second from the left in the photo of my four boys.
We all remember our own children in different ways for a vast variety of reasons.
When James was starting Primary school, me and his mother separated and he was brought up by his mother. At the time of separation, I charged him, being the first born, to look out for his brother Adam. Having been brought up the eldest of seven children, while such a request seemed perfectly natural to me, it was far too onerous a responsibility to place on one so young. To his credit, until Adam came to live with me some eight years later, James did look out for his brother. Looking back son, this was too much to ask of a young child, but in doing it, you demonstrated the calibre of the adult you grew up to be.
Today, you are a success in your job, you seem happily married and have parented two beautiful children, Sam and Jessica. I wish you a happy birthday son on this your special day and if you have a good look at all my sons, you'll be able to clearly see where all your good looks come from, given that I'm the only constant in the equation as there was more than one mother involved. I love you James. Happy birthday Dad x" William Forde: April 20th,2014.