wings and things

Bravo to my family

on November 20, 2013

I have been refraining from talking too much about about the accident for the sake of my family’s privacy but it was an enormous relief today to welcome home my niece finally out of hospital yesterday. My brothers and sister-in-laws, and their older children (not involved in the accident), and our mother, have all been through hell of course. Ming, Ants and I all saw my niece in her brace, and her best friend (also in accident), and we even had a few laughs.

The previous week, Ming and I ventured down to see my younger brother and sister-in-law’s three children and it was wonderful. The children were so hilariously philosophical and my sister-in-law cooked a better meal than I have ever cooked (according to brat, Ming!)

Of course, physical recovery for all five children will take time but the fact that they are all out of hospital and home again is a wonderful thing and the idea of moving forward now seems possible. For many of us, the psychological and emotional damage will probably take longer. Children have a much better resilience than adults – thank goodness!

As the children don’t read this blog, I just want to say here how much I admire my brothers’ families – each, single individual has contributed to the love we share and, even though this is getting overly sentimental, I just have to say that I feel blessed to have such a family.Our mother has been a rock and, weirdly, I have felt Dad’s presence throughout this horrible month.

Bravo to my family and bravo to Meggles!

Meg and nibbles

41 responses to “Bravo to my family

  1. bulldog says:

    Good family support will over come any hazard that appears to try and trip us up… but Julie you need to heal, there is nothing you can do to reverse what happened… it’s history now…

  2. Bravo! Your family sounds like mine – in times of overwhelming stress, we tend to “circle the wagons” against the outside world and lend support to whomever is in need.

  3. cecilia says:

    Oh is that your Mum? She is gorgeous! I am so glad that thing are settling down a little, getting everyone in the homes where they belong must be such a relief.. c

  4. Julie, that’s great news!

  5. tootlepedal says:

    Hooray. I’m glad that you have had a little sunshine.

  6. Terry says:

    I am so relieved they are all out of the hospital. You look a lot like your Mum.!!

  7. You look just like your beautiful mother, the smiling eyes told me that this was your mom even before I read the post. 😀

  8. Wonderful to see your mother look fantastic after all her health issues! So very glad all are making great progress in their recovery.

    Not to add a note of gloom, but from personal experience and observation would like to caution that while children may bounce back fairly quickly at first, issues both mental and physical related to the trauma will usually rear their head from time to time — even many years later.

  9. janeslog says:

    Glad to hear everybody is moving on and getting over it. Hope Ming is okay. Is that your mother in the photo making a ‘piece and cheese’?

    To give you a laugh, in Glasgow, the word ‘piece’ is the slang word for a sandwich. Plural is ‘pieces’.

    People will often question you on what is contained in your sandwiches by asking:
    ‘what’s in your pieces’? They are often washed down with a bottle of Barr’s Irn Bru – a carbonated orange-coloured drink.

  10. Oh what great news! It’s a relief to read this. Can only imagine how you feel. 🙂

  11. I’m happy to read more about healing and well being today! I don’t think you can be overly sentimental about loving your family. 🙂

  12. It is good to read they are all out of hospital and on the mend, be it a long road before they are 100% again they have started out on the road. It helps that your family have been so good about this

  13. I am just so happy that things are settled down and relationships solid and loving…Diane

  14. Anonymous says:

    The love you pour over me is like a warm mohair blanket. I’m so proud of you, my daughter. mother x

  15. Trisha says:

    I’m so glad to hear all the children are out of the hospital and back home. And, you’re so right, the kids will probably recover long before any of the adults do. What a scary, heart rending thing you’ve been through. Bravo to you and your family for getting through this!

  16. dcwisdom says:

    Bravo, indeed! Your family is amazing! Looks like you all make it through together, helping, encouraging one another. True love. You are blessed.

  17. and bravo to her daughter who has inherited her strenght of character!

  18. FlaHam says:

    Julie, soft smile, you have a wonderful extended family, caring and full of love. It makes the healing process so much easier for all. Please take care, BIll

  19. lensgirl53 says:

    Your mom is beautiful. I am glad to read about your loving family; it is was helps in any kind of a tragedy. xoxo dale

  20. Lynda says:

    Julie, this is wonderful news all around! I’m so happy for all of you! xo

  21. You are truly blessed with a wonderful close family. I’m happy to hear that everyone is now on the way to final healing. I send wishes of good health to all of you.

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