Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Awards are good. People are better.

On Australia Day, people all over Australia were provided with awards.

There is a lot of work,  filling in nomination forms, reading of forms and judging panels that goes into such things. Some people filled in those forms, others made the decisions and the week of Australia Day we were informed that my Dad was to receive a Citizen of the Year Award.

I don't know what he would have thought about this.

I expect he would have been really embarrassed and if he had known about the nomination he would have politely requested it be withdrawn. Way too modest to accept such a thing when there are so many wonderful people in the world.

But he wasn't around to say what he thought and instead, as a family, we very proudly accepted the award for him.

These things are funny though aren't they? Good to have because it shows other people thought great things about the person you thought was so great. But annoying too, annoying because you don't want the frigging award on the wall to remember him by.

You just want him here.

That's all.


  1. True, a billion awards wouldn't replace having your Dad here. It's really special that he was acknowledged with this award though, a painful but lovely reminder of what a wonderful man he was. Hugs x

    1. Certainly something I am proud to show my children of their grandfather too.

  2. Definitely better to have your dad there than the award. But as he can't be with you, I think the award is a nice little reminder that you are not the only person who thinks he was a great man. X

    1. And there is comfort in that. That we are surrounded by other people that miss him just as much.


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