What makes me happy …….Poem

As summer approaches, school holidays begin,  the conversation on Twitter becomes quieter and I spie my calendar has empty spaces as everyone goes on holiday, it made me think of what matters,,,,,

A walk round my village
A sunny winters day
The bird feeders heaving
Each queuing for their turn

An ipad that wakes up when opened……
Time simply to type
Silence all around me
Just staring ….outside

Friendly smiles and laughter
Happy dogs and cats
A visit to my paradise
A walk to Friars Cragg

Seeing my daughters faces
And feeling Billys purr……
Nothing more relaxing
Than simply stopping to stare…..

I wonder what makes you happy?

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

13 thoughts on “What makes me happy …….Poem

  1. This reminds me of my Mum and her favorite quote from the poem Leisure by William H Davies …..”What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare”

    The poem if you would like to read it in its entirety is………….

    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.
    No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows.
    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
    No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance.
    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began.
    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

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  2. Seeing birds in the garden, playing with my dog & my tortoise, spending time with my grandsons & my two sons always makes me smile.
    I have so much more time now to take in the beauty around me, the clouds, the trees, the birds.

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  3. Dear Wendy

    Thank you for all you share. You are a constant inspiration. I’m so glad that your contribution to raising dementia awareness has been publicly recognised by your Bradford and Hull University doctorates. Many many congratulations.

    Kind regards Sheila

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. Hello Wendy,

    Nice to have a personal paradise to visit now and then. I don’t know Friars Crag but I bet it’s lovely. My favourite place is what locals simply call “the sea wall”. It overlooks the Solent on the south coast with the Isle of Wight as a backdrop. Lots of shipping, ferries coming and going, yachts and speedboats buzzing up and down, gulls and terns swooping and diving, and cormorants skimming the waves.

    I finished reading your book yesterday and was so sorry when it came to the end. It had been like having my mum back again, so familiar and touching were your descriptions. I wish I had read something like this at the time as only now do I have the insight that would have been so valuable then. Well done Wendy, your tenacity and determination is one of the best examples of what indefatigable human spirit looks like, even though you have your bad days as you say.

    Thank you for shining a light.

    Gosport, Hants

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