You may well be wondering why I've posted this video. There is a reason, in fact two. One is I'm keeping a promise and the other is this is a favourite song of my dear friend Margaret. She sang it at every opportunity, and I mean every opportunity, to her husband Douglas. There was never any point in buying a Bette Middler CD or video for her - she had them all.
Only a couple of hours after I posted, on Boxing Day, about the dangers of falls for older people, Margaret fell in her kitchen and broke her hip. She didn't fall outside in the snow but in her own home. It was one of these accidents which none of us can foresee or comprehend. Stretching her hand to catch hold of the table, because she was laughing and needed to sit down, she missed the corner.
Margaret has survived asthma all her life and in the past 15 years it developed into emphysema. Not one to be outdone, since her health forced her to give up work - a severe blow to her esteem - she undertook training in Reiki as she though it wouldn't require too much 'running around'. Once qualified she gave her services free of charge to those who needed a little comfort. Even health services at Stracathro Hospital benefitted from her twice weekly visits. At first I was very sceptical about her 'alternative' therapy, but after experiencing the benefits, I can honestly say I did feel different for a few days. She would tell you I certainly had fewer wrinkles. In the past three years she never had the energy to undertake Reiki and that was a loss to so many of her adoring clients. Her optimistic attitude and continual cheery disposition gained her many friends.
In the past couple of years she has been quite housebound and our usual trips for long lunches at the Dundee waterfront Chinese restaurant had been postponed and more recently our trips round Dundee's shops, yet always her emphasis was always on postponed rather than cancelled - although eventually we both knew our chewing over food and life would never happen again at the City Harbour and neither would our shopping sprees in the Murraygate. A mercy for Dundonians really because she drove her disabled buggy with lethal accuracy. On the odd occasion I too suffered from not being fleet enough of foot to avoid her path.
Her worst nightmare was to die gasping for breath and alone.
She had an operation on Monday to repair her hip and survived it, but yesterday her system started to close down. She died about two hours ago.
There is nothing I can do for her now but to thank her for the thousands of
I know she read this blog daily and she never failed to hauled me over the coals about certain posts. She refused to have a google account - "one email address is enough for me thank you" - so never commented publicly. If only she could read this one she would know how much I'll miss her, but then, I'm sure she knew that. God, in whom she had an unfaltering belief, will have a special welcome for her I trust.
Since I started blogging she would say, "If I go before you remember to write something about me on your blog. I'm as worthy as any politician." Far more worthy. I was the lucky one to have you as my friend.
Safe journey Margaret.