How Did We Pass The Test?

Chocolate Fudge CakeThis chocolate fudge cake was huge! Half of the cake slice looked like a whole one on its own. It tasted yummy with a great, oozy sauce. The ice-cream was delicious - very creamy and vaguely vanilla.
I would give this warm chocolate fudge cake 6/10
[Life According To Lucy, blog post]
Lucy TonerYesterday was the sixth anniversary of the death of my daughter, Lucy. My wife and I went out and bought chocolate. My son and his girlfriend went out for a sunny day in the park and a nice meal. We all met up at the end of the day by video-link for a good family chat.

These were all good Lucy things to do and in a way brought us closer to her.

At this time I've been reading a series of books that Lucy particularly enjoyed. These are Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books about a young girl in the Discworld discovering the secret empowerment that her granny had had and that she was in the process of inheriting. I can see why Lucy enjoyed these as Tiffany is very like her - clever, talented and a girl finding her own viewpoint in a skewed world. The witches of the Discworld are used as an example and a warning to us in the way we bring our children up with stories in which strong women are always evil and the good ones need a handsome prince to rescue them.

Anyway, here is a wee quote from Terry Pratchett that means a lot for now.
'The thing about witchcraft,' said Mistress Weatherwax, 'is that it's not like school at all. First you get the test, and then afterwards you spend years findin' out how you passed it. It's a bit like life in that respect.'
[The Wee Free Men]
I wonder today how we passed the test of losing Lucy, how we even survived that. This is a lesson that life is still teaching me.

Now I'm thinking that, somewhere in the Multiverse, Lucy and Terry are enjoying a storytellers' afterlife entertaining each other with wild stories that carry a lot of meaning.

R.I.P. Lucy Toner and Terry Pratchett.


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