Today's visit was as most of my visits, but not exactly the same. Frank has regained an appetite for the historic war films/documentaries. He was watching a film about Richard the Lionheart when I came in, one out of a BBC box of six films over great warriors.I also brought him the Casus Belli news letter. He is the number one writer for it, already for years. While I was watching the film he was reading the news letter, starting with the last page with "funny remarks" made on club meetings.The unusual thing came when the film was finished. Normally Frank or I suggest a new one and thats it, not much of a discussion. Today there was. I chose "Shogun", I've a small interest in that part of japanese history. "No" said Frank quite actively, "You already have seen that one with me at home, look for something else". Frank taking initiatives in a discussion again, good. The film of choise became "Spartacus". Next one was "Cortés", not a nice man, that one. And then I loaded de DVD player with "Napoleon" for tomorow morning.Frank had a remark on the news letter, he still likes the last funny remark in it a lot. It was made by him and goes like this.
"The calling of an elder one" is very simple, just cry out "Wargames!"
Thousend times thanks!
To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,
On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther