I knew this photo would pop up on my “Facebook Memories” any time soon – I was dreading it – I knew it would make me cry and I don’t want to cry now.
This photo was me and my lovely Mom at Riverdance last November. For as long as I could remember, Riverdance was our shared love, something that had been on our bucket list for such a long time.
She was so bloody excited to be going – as was I 🙂 As soon as the music started, I began to well up with happiness, as soon as her little legs began to jig around in her wheelchair, the tears began 🙂
She rocked her wheelchair till she nearly dislodged the brakes and zoomed down the Theatre aisle to join them on the stage. Her painful arthritic hands clapped together, she sang, she cheered and generally behaved like a 12 year old at a One Direction concert 🙂
We left the Theatre with the music ringing in our ears.
This was to be my last special outing with her. Five weeks later she was admitted to hospital. We played Riverdance at the hospital. I hoped she would remember the joy of that evening.
She never came home again and left us on 21 March 2015.
The next time I heard Riverdance was at her funeral. I held everyone up from leaving the Service, I wanted to ensure she heard it all one final time, wherever she was.
I haven’t listened to it since that day last March, but I will, one day, and remember that beautiful memory of our last performance 🙂