The start of the Winter Olympics has brought back memories of Abi’s excitement for the 2012 London Olympics. It is hard to know she is not here to watch this with us, no doubt she would have loved it.
She followed the London Olympic events with interest and I can remember watching the amazing opening ceremony with her, it was like a mini party at home! We took her to see Zara Phillips carry the Olympic Torch into Cheltenham Racecourse, and danced with the huge crowd to music acts like Labyrinth.
She even held one of the torches, which went to her school briefly, and attended a women’s football game with her dad thanks to tickets given away at school. She was naturally sporty and outgoing so she revelled in the hype surrounding the Games; her enthusiasm was infectious. She even chose an Olympic bed set for her new room, which we now have carefully wrapped, unwashed, in storage.
At her funeral, we chose Caliban’s Dream as her entrance music, a song from the opening ceremony. This song is over 7 minutes long so the full benefit couldn’t be appreciated on the day, but it captured her love for life and it reflected the wonderful last year we had with her in 2012.
I’ve tried to listen to it, but the tears come too quickly as I am taken back to that terribly sad day that we said goodbye. The collective voices of children is always a moving sound in any case.
It’s a stunning piece of music though, that will always remind me of Abi.
Watch “Underworld – Caliban’s Dream (London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony)” on YouTube