"Today is the 27th anniversary of my mother's death. I still miss her and know that I always will. When I was growing up the eldest of seven, the one thing she would constantly remind me of was the inheritance that she would leave me when she died. She told me, 'Billy, I shall leave you the most that any mother could leave her eldest; your six brothers and sisters.Treasure and protect them always and they will never leave you alone or see you go without.' ( I think she meant to say that they would never see me 'lonely' when she referred to them 'never seeing me alone.')
Well, I can say that mum was true to her word. My siblings have been my greatest asset, comfort and treasure and true to mum's word, 'they have never left me alone,' even when I didn't want pestering.
There are many deprivations experienced in this world, but the greatest poverty of all for any person to endure, is never to have felt the warmth and sweet embrace of a loving mother. I love you Mum x." William Forde: April 26th, 2013.