Life has been incredibly hectic and a continuing roller coaster this last few weeks. We have enjoyed a longish spell of mostly hot and sunny weather, children have now finished school for the summer break and everywhere in the world at the moment there seems to be nothing but war and sadness.
I have been battling my own health issues but am pleased to say they now seem to have resolved, much to my delight and I am feeling much better. As a family we are still adjusting to the loss of our beloved Amy and we are all creating new routines and grieving each in our own ways. My sister, Amy’s mum, has been truly inspirational at times and has written some beautiful yet painstakingly honest posts on Facebook.
The village we live in has continued to show so much love and compassion and without that it would have been a lonelier road. Amy’s gorgeous boys are dealing with life day to day and are loved and supported by their close family to maintain the routines they knew before. Everyone does a little bit to help in whatever way is needed.
The most tremendous honour that could have been paid to Amy has been the wonderful gesture by our newly formed pilot gig rowing club. Searching for a name for their boat they decided that it would be called “Amy Shaw”. All of us were so touched by this and look forward to a special ceremony later in the year.
For the meantime the boat is being launched regularly as the crew practice hard. Amy’s name is out there for all to see and remember. Her memory lives on and she sails on always in our hearts and minds. Boats were made to be out on the water, to face the might of the ocean and to test our endurance. We have faced the worst thing that could happen and our endurance is still being tested but we know that together we are stronger and, just as the boat crew pull together to steer the boat, so we pull together to keep going and support each other.
With love and thanks to everyone