Father Dear …

I went for a late night swim last night in one of my very favourite beaches here in Co. Waterford.

The fact that it was moving towards Dad’s birthday today was on my mind ~ he was born in 1919 and died in 2010.

Imagine my surprise when I got to the swimming spot and saw that someone had written the message, that was subconsciously swirling around in my head, high up on the rocks.

Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford
Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford

I’m certainly not a fan of writing on rock faces but I must admit that this message was one which seemed to shout out what I and no doubt many other people whose beloved fathers have died, or left for some reason, feel.

The swim was divine and later I was lured by the gorgeous light out along the coast.

Annestown Beach, Co. Waterford
Annestown Beach, Co. Waterford

Lots and lots of happy memories of times spent with Dad along this Co. Waterford coastline and, of course, my thoughts wandered to Co. Clare which was his native heath ~ a place that was his absolute heaven.

Near Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Near Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.’  Colette

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

23 thoughts on “Father Dear …”

  1. I imagine that catching sight of that message must have been very moving and meaningful for you. Sometimes things just seem to happen in perfect synchronicity and appropriateness, and it’s so delightful and enchanting when they do – good for you, and your dear dad.

    1. Hi Hariod, it made me wonder about the writer and the background to it.
      Also made me think how seldom we see such open acknowledgement of grief, apart from at funerals.
      However, I don’t like to see the cliff face being used for posting any messages.

    1. Hi Dale, ‘serendipity’ is a word I love and the film of that name!
      Oh, the swim was lovely, as always. There was a delicious silvery gleam on the calm waters.

  2. The message you saw is what you are feeling and someone else is also sharing the same pain of losing a loved one. When we need them the most miraculously they show them selves either in a message or another way…”There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle”…Albert Einstein

    1. Hi Joni, thanks for that great Einstein quote.
      Must say I was pretty stunned by the huge, yet nicely written, message. I’m more into writing in the sand than on cliff faces, though.

    1. CC, thanks for writing.
      I think he’d be shocked if I didn’t remember. He certainly always remembered his father and gave us great insights into a grandfather who died before any of us were born.

  3. I think they’re about equal. Seems like now (sadly), everything is so commercial, all the sales flyers are for Father’s Day, just like they were for Mother’s Day last month. Like we can’t honor our parents without shopping…

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