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Covid19 - A Time to Remember


Now is a better time than any to remember. Remember what life was like before Covid 19… remember the beauty of the simple things in life… remember that people mean much more than things ever will… 

Remembering is a powerful tool. It’s one which we tend to forget! I used to focus on moving forward through life… afraid that if I stopped to reflect, I’d miss something. As I get older, I take joy in remembering. Even the painful memories bring joy. There’s love behind them.  

Life as we know it has been stopped in our tracks. We’ve been afforded the opportunity to slow down. We’ve been allowed to recalibrate. We’ve been provided with the ever-elusive chance to spend time with those we love most. We’ve been given the chance to make memories that we never would have before. 

We’re all trying to make it out of this awful pandemic alive and well. We’ve all got loved ones whom we’re cocooning away… guarding them with our lives. It’s our pleasure and our duty as we remember that they paved the way for us. 

JustHappyTears finds itself in the midst of a sea of remembrance as people struggle with a new normal… people are losing their loved ones in the midst of isolation… funeral gatherings are a thing of the past. Therefore at JustHappyTears we now find ourselves commemorating more and more lives through our poetry gifts as a means of celebrating loved ones who have been lost to Covid 19. It is indeed a sobering task. 

As we sit and ponder our remembrance creations, it makes us remember… who we are, where we’ve come from, what we’ve learned along the way. It inspires gratitude within me for being alive and well, for being able to help cocoon those who need it most and to protect them. Gratitude for the health workers all over the world who are endangering their lives on a daily basis to save the rest of us. To be that selfless is awe-inspiring. 

Many years from now we’ll all look back on this pandemic. We’ll have created our own narratives about what it all meant, how our time was spent, what our mindset was. Some will be forced to remember it as a time of great sorrow, when loved ones were lost and grief was thrust heavily upon them. Others will remember it as a time where families came together, relationships flourished and communities reconnected. Remember it how you will, there’s no right or wrong way but please embrace one truth. You’re in control of the memories you create… let there be love behind them all at this tricky time x

All the President's Ladies...


JustHappyTears recently had the honor of making a presentation to former Irish President Mary McAleese at an Irish American Partnership event in Boston. We were incredibly chuffed to be asked. President McAleese has long been a person I've personally admired as someone who is unafraid to voice opinions, hopes and dreams. She also has the acumen to back them up. It was a fun and inspirational day! 





'Every Father’s Day, I’d send my Dad a card and a poem. On it I’d write, 'thanks for being the best Dad in the world' and every year my Dad would joke that I should change up the message. I won’t send a card this year but I’ll still celebrate the man who to me was the most amazing Dad to ever have lived. I’ll chat to him and I’ll joke with him the way I always did. I can only wish that I could see his lovely face again or ask him how his day has been.'