Sunsets on Asda

This Christmas, we’ll be one down at the table. My uncle died very suddenly. And it’s hard to descibe all the feelings going on in my head. Still too raw, I guess. But, the show must go on, as they say. Boy is upset, but (fortunately) nothing dampens his enthusiasm for Christmas. (He has set himself the challenge of creating a record-breaking paper chain. The contents of my recycle bin, reformed, now snakes through the house and into the barn).

And, however surreal, it feels flitting from the hospital to the tinsel-decked aisles of the local supermarket, it is also a time of new beginnings. Just before my Uncle was admitted to hospital, I bumped into him, looking for Christmas puddings in Asda. He showed me his swollen leg. Unbeknown, a few days later, another clot would kill him.

With feelings still raw, it may seem trite to talk about #magicmoments. Yet they are, ultimately, the bedrock of what really matters.

As the hospital bus dropped me off at Asda, I watched the sun set over the emptying carpark. Bitter sweet, doesn’t come close. But I couldn’t deny its unexpected ethereal beauty.

Perhaps that’s an image I’ll hold in my head, rather than a cold hospital bed.

And, in the future, when I’m at Asda, I’ll refrain from cursing Boy for “borrowing” my shopping trolley pound, or moaning about other people’s parking. Instead, I’ll try and find that still, silent, moment of quiet. And remember my Uncle.

sunset over asda

Joining with Oliver’s Madhouse #magicmoments to kick off my week with some feel good factor.


About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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2 Responses to Sunsets on Asda

  1. Charly Dove says:

    So sorry to hear about your Uncle Sarah, such dreadful news. I hope you’re all doing alright – stupid question I know. That’s a great photograph, must have been one of those moments when you just stopped and stared. Amazing how that happens sometimes and as you say a much better image than a hospital bed x

  2. Jaime Oliver says:

    awww Sarah I am so so sorry to hear about your uncle my lovely. I do know what you mean about finding the magic, looking for that special moment in something so painful in my eyes is a lovely way to cope xx

    thank you for sharing this heartfelt post and linking up with #MagicMoments x

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