Farewell, My Dear Sister

Goodnight, sweet princess. It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of my dear Sister. Hild passed away over the weekend after bravely battling a vicious disease. She was a much loved person and she will be deeply missed by my Father, her husband, her son, her grandchild, family members and close friends.

I will never forget our moments together, enjoying espressos before noon. Mr. Bowie loved her company too and never left her side. But now you are far away, far away and so close. I wish I could find comfort in the thought she’s in good company with our Mother and Brother. I miss you so much.

It’s so hard to believe in anything anymore. How can you take religion seriously? Life sucks big time. Cancer is a bitch.

Let us go now, my darling companion
Set out for the distant skies
See the sun, see it rising
See it rising, rising in your eyes

“Distant Sky” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

 

Slaap nu maar zacht en zonder pijn, lieve Hild. Ik zal mijn dappere zus, espresso maatje, luisterend oor en soulmate hard missen. Je zal voor altijd in onze gedachten blijven.

Kanker is een smeerlap.

 

Hild

° 15-10-1953/† 03-03-2017

Wherever You Are

Hands on Bowie

Wherever you are I’m prepared to travel
No matter how long no matter how far
Now it may be eternity before I see you
Wherever you are
(Paddy McAloon)


Happy Birthday Big Bro’
Wherever you are
Far away and so close
 
Miss You

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The Moment

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And then the moment was gone. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Cherish the little things and hug the ones you love.

PS: Thanks so much everyone for the astonishing birthday wishes. They really mean a lot to me. Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”

Flashback #8

Spring of 2010. Children often enjoy blowing the ripe, tufted fruits of dandelions into the breeze and watching them lazily drift away. In this part of the world, mothers tell their children that blowing away the ripe fruits of dandelions completely in one go while making a wish will make it come true. My mother told us that we would become centenarians and reach 100 years old in good health. We found out the hard way that it isn’t true.
Tomorrow isn’t just another day. We miss you everyday. The pain lingers on.

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Some Sweet Day

Anything worthwhile will not come easy or by chance.

I bought me a pair of running shoes. Got to change my life radically now the mountain bike days are over. I wish I could tell you I could run like the wind blows. But I don’t feel like running. I’m not like Forrest Gump. I’m not going anywhere.
I also bought some cozy outdoor garden furniture and a nice sling chair to relax. Guess I’ll be so busy doing nothing… Having a Nespresso. Having a chocolate attack. Watching the sun come up. Watching Bowie play in the garden. Watching Bowie sleep in an empty shoebox. Watching the sun go down. Enjoying the little things in life and fall asleep with comfortable running shoes on.

“Some sweat day we’ll get there in the end. Some sweet day.” –  Edwyn Collins, Searching For The Truth

A big fish on the hook

 

De bike hangt nu al 20 maanden aan de haak. Ik krijg de knop niet omgedraaid. Waarschijnlijk is die intussen vastgeroest. Betekent dit nu dat ik ga hardlopen? Wel, ik denk het niet. Zeker niet als volgende maand de tuinmeubels worden geleverd. Gewoon gaan genieten van de kleine dingen in het leven. Dat wordt het doel, mijn nieuwe levensbestemming. Oké? 

Celebration

We have a lot to celebrate today. It’s my dad’s 87th birthday. Dad is one of the oldest inhabitants of the village. Some local officials will pay tribute to him later this afternoon. I am looking forward to it.
My dad is a World War II veteran, a devoted husband and caring father. Lately, my dad’s life wasn’t easy. He lost his wife, a son, his brother and his best friend. Dad had different bypass operations due to major blockages in several coronary arteries. But he never gave up on life. Respect! Love you dad.

Scientists have long observed that drinking wine seems to prolong life. Scientists discovered that wine has powerful effects on the brain, too. It protects against Alzheimer’s disease and it generally staves off mental decline. Today we drink to your health. Happy birthday dad. One more thing… Obviously Mr. Bowie paw-picked this soft balanced wine from Chile. Does anyone recognize the Black Cat?

Mijn vader (de Ba) wordt vandaag 87! Straf voor iemand die dacht dat hij niet ouder zou worden dan 63. Deze namiddag komen enkele ‘local officials’ in folkloristische klederdracht langs om hem te feliciteren. De Ba is namelijk één van de oudste inwoners van het dorp. Oud worden lijkt misschien plezant. Er zijn ook nadelen: het verliezen van een dierbare met of zonder afscheid, in beide gevallen een ontzettend moeilijke klap om te overwinnen. Maar straks heffen we het glas op de Ba. Gelukkige verjaardag!

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