I sometimes struggle to find the right moment to tell you everything that I want to say without breaking down, so now is the perfect opportunity, as I know you’ll be reading this.
So here it is Dad (AKA Clark Griswold). I class myself as a number 1 daddy’s girl not many daughters can say that at 30 they can sit and chat to their Dad whilst he is in the bath and she is having a wee but it is something we do. Ok so we don’t make eye contact and you don’t really get choice when I just march in! You are not just my Dad though, you are my mate and I come to you with problems, gossip and to have a good old bitch (that’s what we’re best at). I also think that we are the funniest people on the planet, I know Mum tries but like we always tell her “you’re only married into the funniness” it’s in our genes.
You told me that no one can take away my memories and that I don’t need material things to remind me of you “you’ll say anything to get out of buying me something” I have the most fantastic memories of us Smiths to last me a life time. I am so grateful to you and Mum for being such an inspiration, for staying together through thick and thin. What you have given to us kids is something that I hope to be able to give my girls, stability, security and all the love they need no matter what age they are.
I have so much to thank you for, if it wasn’t for you and Mum supporting me and Michael through the loss of our baby twins on 2009, taking us in and keeping us strong and together we may well have not had the future that we do now with our two beautiful girls, who absolutely adore their Nanny and Grandee.
I sometimes wish that we could go back to being a young family again, blissfully unaware of what future we have, but this is life, and what we have been through together has taught us to be stronger and tighter than ever. As Charlie said in her post no words can describe the pain that we are feeling and what we felt when we found out in August, we just hope and pray that they can find a cure for this horrible disease so that no family has to go through what we are going through now. That is why what Tony and Dan Russell are doing is such an amazing thing for a fantastic cause. So please, please keep on donating and thank you once again to everybody that has helped so far – your generosity really does touch us.
Jane Clark said:
“Love” is the light that guides us through the Darkest of times… This Family illuminate the lives of so many and will continue to do so ! It’s a privilege to Love them back..Headcase is a great Charity and a good way to share the light…..Hope you raise gazillions! X
Rosie cranston macleod said:
Shelley smith,you are absolutely right,you have definitely inherited your fathers genes,you are ALMOST as funny as your dad,so happy you have all been in my life forever,love ALL of you sooo much xxxxxxx
Claire Kitchener said:
I am so proud to call Shelley my best friend and thankful to be part of her family for such a long time. I can never thank Colin enough for what he did for me on my wedding day and will always look at the pictures and smile at how lucky I was to be chauffeured in such a glamorous car! I hope that people take the time to read Colin’s story and donate money to such a worthy cause. Anyone that has the privileged to know Colin and his family will agree that they truly are an inspiration, all the heartbreak they have been through and are still going through but yet they still have so much strength and courage and still remain that fun, crazy family that I first met when I was eleven. xxxxxx
oh Claire what kind words,we were the privaledged,waving your family good bye to,campijng to south of France…we still had 8 sun tokens to collect!!! collect,they onlythank you for your continued supportxxx
hi Claire,im getting my Claires muddled up with married /maiden names,claire of course i remember your special day.you looked beautiful. im sure married life is going great,and thank you for your support and kind words in raising awareness for this charity xxSorry Shelley getting my replies muddled up,what lovely words from you,but as you say we talk all the time and you know what you Michael and the girls mean to me and i know what imean to you.I love you all xx.we can work on your humour a couple of hours a week if you like
shirley king said:
Lovely words shelly , speaking for many of us I suspect. Your dad is an absolute inspiration and I feel very priveliged to be friends with him and your lovely mum , they have been through so much together and they still manage to make us smile. Lots of love to you All xx
thank you shirley for kind words and support,x
Linda Christy said:
Shelley what your wrote about your dad and family is so moving, you have been through so many sad times but you still always seem to keep your sense of humour and strength. You are also an inspiration to everyone and should be so proud of yourself !! Claire is very lucky to have such a lovely friend like you 🙂 keep strong and sending you lot’s of love and to everyone please keep supporting this charity and help to raise awareness of such a horrible illness. I have a friend who’s son was diagonsed last July with a brain tumour he is only 7 and thankfully had the tumour removed in time and is now in remission but every day is obviously a worry for his family as he isn’t out of the woods yet. Keep smiling Shelley and once again sending you and all your family our love xxx
Such beautiful words shell! Colin you must be so proud to have such an amazing family ! You and Helen have done an amazing job as parents and grandparents! I hope that I can give am much love and support to my girls as you have to yours !! Amazing charity I will be donating with out a doubt !! Love to you all stay stay strong from Vicki James and girls x x