Loving Memories

Today, on the 67th anniversary of Rod’s birth, I’ve decided to share a personal email he sent me when I entered my first writing competition (He was away on a business trip at the time).
This email shows, more than any words I could write, what a wonderful, caring, supportive man he was.


What a big step you have taken on the road to becoming your own person telling your story in your own voice.

I have been waiting a long time for you to gain the confidence that what you have to  say is valid and relevant to a wider audience.

Reaching an audience is winning (although the kudos of a prize or two can’t hurt!!)

I am really looking forward to reading the finished piece.

One of your future pieces should be to use your wicked sense of humour and unique slant on things/life to bring some of the funny stories of your childhood to an audience.

Love and hugs”

In the words of Gladys Night and The Pips, You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

About triciabertram

I have written all my life. Writing helps me to make sense of a world I often don’t understand. Poetry is my supreme solace, closely followed by literature and music. When my son ended his life in 1999 I embarked on the most difficult journey of my life, my grief journey. To survive in this unknown, harsh landscape I had to write. It was for me, the only way I could even begin to move forward. Then in 2009 my darling husband died suddenly and so my journey continues. I write about other issues but because of my life experience, grief and death are continuing themes in my writing life. In our culture I believe there is a fear of death, an inability to accept the inevitability of our mortality, and this creates enormous difficulties for the bereaved and those around them. I have begun this blog in the hope I will create a small ripple in the pond of fear that is currently drowning the reality of death and grief. I will continue to skim the stones of my truth, watch them bounce, and see how many ripples I can make.

Posted on May 6, 2013, in Short Stories. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Wonderfu Tricia, and very generous of you to share this very personal note; thank you.

    And very happy birthday memories of Rod, a very special man.

    Lots of love and hugs


    • Thanks, Christine,
      He was a wonderful person. He was so good to me it wasn’t until after his death that I realised how my ability to do things had slowly diminished. He did so much I wasn’t aware of. I’m grateful every day for the life we shared.
      Tricia xoxo

  2. What a lovely note 🙂 thanks for sharing

  3. He sounded very supportive. Thanks for sharing your memories Tricia.

  4. Thank you Tricia for sharing this.

    Those words of encouragement will always be there for you


    • Hello David,
      Yes they are very special to me. I have a folder of notes, letters and cards. It’s my treasure trove that I dip into when the missing of him overwhelms me.

  5. It’s lovely to hear Rod’s voice. Of course I never met him, but his voice comes through in a way that does tell a lot about him. What a beautiful note of encouragement and I’m sure you continue to hold onto it with love. You must miss him terribly, Tricia. I’m so glad you shared this with us. oxo

    Did you enjoy your time at the play a couple of weeks ago? You were so looking forward to it. I hope you kicked up your heels! 🙂

    • Yes, Debra, his voice does come through doesn’t it. He was a darling man, and I miss his funny, kind, loving presence every day.
      The Opera was wonderful. I’ll write about it once I’ve got through Mothers Day.
      Take care
      Tricia xoxo

  6. We are all blessed that you have followed this path.

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