What am I doing on the Mantlepiece ?

What I am I doing there?

I used to look at those pictures of loved ones who had passed; Grandads, Grandmas, all sorts of old folk and some younger folk who went before their time, and we used look at them on that mantlepiece, and when we had a moment we would pause and think about them as we went about whatever business we were doing at the time.

They are always there, a gentle reminder that they were once alive and very real and I do remember when they were with us, laughing, joking, telling stories, full of life and as real as you and me, but not any more.

I remember when they passed and it was very painful and there were many tears and a sense of deep loss and emptiness, but with the passage of time we started to cope and a new life without them became the norm, but of course that photo on the mantlepiece is always there to remind us.

I touch that photo and say “hello” and say “I love you” and “I miss you” and then I walk away and get on with my day or whatever I was doing before I stopped and paused.

I look at that photo on that mantelpiece and see that it is me in the photo and I am confused.

Am I the young man full of life, going about my business and looking at the photo of people on the mantlepiece who have passed or has my time gone and is that me in the photo?

We get one chance at this thing called life and we can’t go back – make the most of it.

p.s I miss you dad.

Greg

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion Communications who offer Marketing, PR, Graphic Design Podcast Production and Digital Marketing services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

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2 Responses to “What am I doing on the Mantlepiece ?”

  1. juliemoyle Says:

    Very insightful Greg. Yes, we reach a moment in time where we’re uncertain if we are still ‘young’ with time enough ahead of us to achieve all we wanted to, or ‘old’ with more history than future. It’s a stark reminder that time moves very quickly.

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