Was it gloom and doom for some time, it was "Supprise!" today. So many things did happen during my visit today, it is not possible to describe it all in one message. And I won't.
First of all today in the Netherlands is what is called "Poppy Day" in England. At 20:00 we remember all victoms of war with two minutes silence. That and the fact that Frank is only able to attent the ceremony via TV and his mood of the last time made that I was a bit hesitant on what to expect for today. I had to be there way before 20:00 and not to my suppirse I was not the only one. Frank was following the ceremony from time to time and not spending too much attention to his visitors or the newspaper.
A bit after eight oclock his sister came in, lots of activities started. There were phone calls to be made (by Frank), things that needed to be discussed and also talking about what have happend today.
And in that last bit it was that Frank suprised me, again. On the question "what do you do during your physio excercises?" Frank not only told what he was doing but also showed it to us. Starting with pulling himself up with one hand and ending with grabbing his other hand and pushing his arms in the air. And not just a bit, no, straight up. Not just once, no several times. (Walter, you can close your mouth now.)
When Frank was excercising in bed I saw him think I'll be back!
Way to go Frank!
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