Lights, Candle and My Dad

17 Dec

I love Christmas lights! This is our dining room.

Our Advent candle has reached 17th December.

On this day in 2004,  my dear Dad died in St John’s Hospice where he had been beautifully cared for since the start of December. My favourite perfume is vanilla and I have been wearing it for 40+ years. One of the last things my lovely Dad said to me on this, his last day with us, was, “I’d love some of that vanilla ice-cream please,” as I leaned over to kiss him.  He was a very special man.  He chose ‘Joe Hill’ sung by Paul Robeson for his funeral and I play it every year on this date in his memory.


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9 responses to “Lights, Candle and My Dad

  1. utesmile

    December 18, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Your Christmas lights are beautiful. Your dad as my dad were very special men. We will always remember them fondly. It is on one side lovely to remember ( the vanilla) but also makes me still tear up every time I read something like that. When I told my dad again at the end I love him, he could only squeeze my hand. I miss him. We know exactly how we feel Sally having had such wonderful dads.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 18, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you for telling me about your Dad. We are very lucky, I think, to have had such special men as our Dads. They leave us with sadness that they are gone but so much joy for having been their much loved daughters. Much love to you, Ute.

  2. Sandra

    December 18, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I have just come home from my father’s funeral. The last thing he ate was ice cream and one of his all-time favourite singers was Paul Robeson. My dad too, was an exceptional person and it was a testament to the impact he had on people’s lives that so many people made the effort in these challenging times to come and pay their respects.

    I am listening to Joe Hill as I type, in memory of both our fathers. Thinking of you, Sally ❤️️

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 18, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      Oh, Sandra, I am so sorry and send you love and condolences. I am really touched by the similarities in our Dads and their passing and hope that listening to Joe Hill can comfort you as it does me. With love xx

      • Sandra

        December 19, 2021 at 8:53 am

        ❤️️ thank you Sally 🙂xx

  3. Heyjude

    December 18, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Such a sad time. My father died on 21 December 2001 and I wasn’t there with him as it was quite sudden. It certainly changed my Christmas that year. My thoughts are with you Sally.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 18, 2021 at 7:50 pm

      Thank you and mine with you as 21st approaches. Sending you love. 🙂

  4. sbaskitchen@home

    December 17, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Sending my thoughts on this day. Memories are precious.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 18, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you so much. It might be many years ago but he is still so missed. 🙂


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