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You Will Be…

This year will be our first Christmas without my father-in-law.  It is going to be a difficult one for all of us.

But, we will get through it together, with laughter and with love…and bucket loads of both, at that!




You will be the empty seat at the dinner table,

The silent tears and the heartache

The sadness, longing and regret.


You will be the red wine in our glasses

And the Christmas cracker jokes

You will be in the faces of your sons

And in the hearts of all.


You will be in the whisper of the wind

and the laughter of my children.

You will be the bright star in the night sky

that your grandchildren bid goodnight.


You will be the reminder to hold those we love tight

And to make the most of each day.


Even in your absence you will always be present in our lives.


We miss you, at Christmas, and always.




Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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