A Special Day for Pondering
Today would have been Bobby’s 79th birthday. I’ve been pondering on this day for quite a while, from my new favourite pondering spot on the beach near my new house. I wondered how I might feel when the day arrived. A little sad and rather befuddled, if I’m honest, as I miss Bobby’s chatter very much. But it’s also nice to have the chance to ponder on some fun Bobby stories.
Bobby liked birthdays. His birthday always had to involve a large slice of cake at some point during the day, but I think he mostly enjoyed celebrating other people’s birthdays.
Bobby’s son, Andrew, was telling me about his childhood birthdays and how Bobby was excellent at creating garden games and adventure trails. And, with Andrew’s birthday in late August, birthdays could also involve beach trips and sandcastles and unwrapping presents on camping holidays with friends.
On reflection, it was all quite 1970s idyllic. Andrew recalls one birthday at Swanage flying his Peter Powell kite, to which Bobby had rigged an Action Man parachutist on a pull mechanism. As the kite flew higher, you could control when to release the parachutist. It all sounds very ingenious and lots of fun, and very Bobby.
Finally, pondering often leads me to special quotes. Bobby was a great quote lover, and throughout the pandemic he helped Andrew find a daily quote for the Rolls-Royce team: thoughtful, motivational, profound or funny – or sometimes all four. Bobby loved Winnie-the-Pooh, and Andrew was recently reminded of this lovely, and most appropriate, Pooh Bear quote:
“But, of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there… and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”
Yesterday, Tim happened to be in Kew Gardens, where the snowdrops were beginning to appear. Bobby would have been in his element. And, of course, he would have told Tim all about them. Incessantly!
Lighting a Candle for Bobby & Diddley
I’m conscious that a number of Bobby’s friends and extended family have lost loved ones over the last few months. I invite you to join me in lighting a candle for them today, and for Bobby, and for Diddley.