The days are getting longer and spring is definitely in the air. Can’t wait for the new wheelchair which we were told will be less bulky and easier to navigate. It would be so nice to go for walks, to a park, listen to the birds, the sound of water in a river or a lake.

IMG_0356Pádraig is getting the hand of the stand-up business. I am still struggling with the controls. It all looks so easy, but it’s not. Far from it. What seems to work really well is Pádraig kind-of half standing. Not completely upright, but half way towards it. He has no problem taking that position for some time and it must do wonders for him.

Just heard a professor from Oxford saying in an interview following his lecture as part of the Environmental Protection Agency lecture series that it was important to realise that “climate change is not just something that affects polar bears or our grandchildren”. He is right but as sad as it is we won’t change until it’ll be too late.

Officially Ireland’s best love poem of the past 100 years:

When all the others were away at Mass 

In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984

When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.
So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives –
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.

Today, the day just disappeared. It came and went and I have no idea where it went to. The only thing I remember well and in some detail is how I got up. The rest of the day was just one thing after the other. Yet, I haven’t managed to work through my list, and that is the list with the most important things to do.

Another thing I remember from today is an hour this evening, when we sat together with the lights low, listening to some really good music together. Unreal. Real. Happiness. No threats. No panic. No fear. Doesn’t sound like much. But it was.

Today’s German Music Tip
Mark Forster, Zu Dir (Weit Weg)
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The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Für lau.