Posted by: Jenny | Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The ‘Ben archive’

Today I started going through the boxes and files of documents left by our son Ben.  I have been meaning to do this for quite some time.  At first, I couldn’t really face it.  Then more recently, I have found the task quite daunting as I don’t really know how to go about it.

The weather is dreadful and I am not tempted to set foot outside the house, even to wander down to the greenhouse and inspect the plants.  I have no social or work commitments all day.  I have the place to myself, with husband and son both away.  What better opportunity to start on the mammoth task?

So I begin with a file of things, most of which are notices or testimonials about Ben after he passed away.  One is a notebook which I don’t recall having seen before, put together by young Baha’i friends of Ben’s  a few days after he died.  They were attending a youth conference together over New Year 2006.  Each has written a short memorial to Ben.

It is touching to read these young people’s comments.  Already, they are four years older and their lives have moved on.

I make a few more entries on the blog that I have started in Ben’s memory.  That’s enough for one day – this kind of task has to be taken in small doses.



  1. Thinking of you . . .

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