Diary of a Widower

Daily entries by a husband, who stayed behind with his two sons

‘My dearest colleagues…’

WEDNESDAY, December 30  – Sent an email to the newsfloor. ‘Dear colleagues, on the eve of 2010 I want to express my heartfelt thanks for…’  Short and sweet, I tell them how heartwarming their support was, and is, but that it’s time for me and the boys to shoulder the burden of our personal sorrow. This will give me a chance to return to my work in Hilversum with renewed energy.

In closing, I call on all of them to at least consider the idea of registering as an organ donor. Two birds with one stone. No doubt this will give rise to a variety of reactions. So be it. Our loss belongs to us. It’s private, not public. Plus, this is also a good way to get back into my work routine.

At least I hope so. I know full well that we won’t be making a whole new start on New Year’s Day. Misery doesn’t just disappear overnight;but, with luck, things will start to get a bit better. I feel entitled to my New Year’s resolution, even though I’m not really convinced.

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