Today was a relaxed day. (I don’t count work in here:) There was no panic, nothing bad happened, no set back, no upset. I was on my own with Pádraig and we had, it seemed, all the time of the world. There are few of those days these days.
I did most of the talking. There was no pressure to do anything. Finish anything. Get anything done. The room was really quiet. The voice from the women down the corridor was barely audible. The autumn sun was shining into the window. Pádraig was so relaxed the machines were getting ready to sound the alarm because of a low heart rate. He was breathing for a long time with the tracheostomy completely blocked off, so he was breathing in and out through his mouth, completely relaxed. It’s strange to say and feel like this, but this afternoon had a real magic. Which I will treasure for a long time.
Tomorrow morning, I will see Pat in the airport when she’ll be arriving, and I’ll be leaving for Ireland. Work. And on Monday, of course, the marathon. There’ll be a group of us, I think: Ciara and Donal Earls who are doing fundraising with their run – their first marathon ever! Please support them generously. And there will be Cian who ran the Hamburg Marathon with me, though I don’t think he enjoyed it – he was in such a rush! And Fergal who got me into ‘running’.
I came across a quote by the late John McGaher who said that “One of the differences between life and writing is that writing always has to be believable whereas life isn’t.” Isn’t that so true! – But: Sonne kommt am Ende doch.
Oh – I almost forgot: if you are going to the Oireachtas, you’ll be among the first who’ll be able to lay their hands on some really incredibly magic piece of music, song, and poetry. There is a rumour out that the Dreamboat will hit Killarney the weekend after next!
Today’s German Music Tip
Philipp Poisel, Zünde alle Feuer (2010). Kind of a good song, with a really exceptional video.
am Ende doch.
Und weißt du nicht
ich liebe dich.
Und alles was am Ende noch so bleibt
Zünde alle Feuer.
Plauder auf mich ein.
Zeig mir dass ich lebe,
wenn du wiederkommst.
The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Keine Panik auf der Titanic!