In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “RSVP.”
The Ultimate Celebration
This celebration is not a celebration of one person but of a group. I know that the prompt specifically states one person but prompts are flexible and I decided to flex mine.
Why do I want to celebrate this group? It is quite simple really and Tina Turner put it beautifully when she sang “simply the best, better than all the rest”. This group deserves every plaudit that is available and the celebration must be absolutely spectacular and unforgettable. It is my way of saying thanks, a genuine and heartfelt thank you.
Where would I have this party? I would hold it in Puerto De La Duquesa, Spain. It has many happy memories for me and some members of the group. We would have to select a time of year when it’s not too hot but the sun would be shining and not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky.
What would be served? There is such a variety of restaurants in the port it would be difficult to select one. I would organise a buffet with a selection from all of them, down by the pool, with local beverages. Picture this – tables scattered around the pool area laden with Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Indian food. More tables with a variety of drinks some con-alcohol and some sin-alcohol. To complete the scene there would be a mariachi band playing under the pergola.
I hope we would have a nice leisurely, yet hectic, afternoon/evening during which stories would be exchanged and old memories revisited. We would reminisce on group members no longer with us but were once an integral part of the group.
Who are the members of this group? These are the people who stood by me through good times and bad. They were there when I needed them? They never forced themselves but I knew that they were always there. This group is so large that it would take forever to name them all but in the ‘Command Team’ is my wife Jean and our two daughters Elaine and Mairéad. All my brothers and sisters and their spouses played a major role as did their families and of course in later years my two sons-in-law.
This is my tribute to the team, the whole team and nothing but the team that has helped me through 27 years of living with MS. My team was there 24/7 but more than that the team supported the ‘Command Team’ in ways that I can only imagine.