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Friday, 5 August 2011

Flashback Friday...My Godson

My nephew and godson Tom is currently in Alabama working in a summer camp for children and adults with special needs.  He's done this for the past few years, giving up his summer holidays to spend his time helping others.  He loves it and dedicates his time to doing what he does so well.  I'm so proud of him.

Tom stands 6' 4" tall and sports a skinhead haircut.  But looks are deceptive with Tom.  He is a gentle soul and a wonderful boy who I love to pieces.

This post is dedicated to Tom.


He was the first baby I ever held.  My sister Carol had him when I was 17 and I adored him and was honoured when she asked me to be his godmother.


When Joe and Megan were tiny I spent a lot of time staying with my big sister.  Tom was a bit of a scallywag, but for all his mischief he still had a heart of gold.  You could tell this from how he loved cuddling his baby cousins.  

Now, he is a full grown man and he still has a heart of gold.  He is studying to be a social worker at university and I know he is going to make such a difference to so many lives.  I'm so proud to have him in my life and still incredibly honoured to have him as my godson.



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10 comments:

  1. Rebecca English5 August 2011 at 14:38

    Sounds like he's a lovely person. I worked for Camp America when I was younger and can honestly say it was the hardest and best summer of my life. Hope he's having a great time. I wish I had gone more than once.

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  2. I love Tom so much. I'm crazy proud of him too. (: I can't wait to see him and hear all of his manyyy stories he will have when he gets back. <3

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  3. He's a real lovely guy and always really pleasant - keep up the good work Tom x

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  4. Tom is indeed one the nicest and caring people I know - I hope he is having a
    great time at Summer Camp and it will be good to see him once he gets back.
    Carol would be a very proud of her big boy.

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  5. What an incredibly caring young man and just goes to show that people should have more faith in 'the youth of today'. A lovely, tender post.

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  6. What an incredible godson you have! You can be very proud of him indeed.

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  7. Peter Sutton191013 August 2011 at 00:19

    Hey Wendy - just saw this. I know she is not as attentive at the moment as her brother, but don't forget that his sister is turning into a wonderful young woman in her own right. Tom has never wanted for people singing his praises whereas she has always lived in his shadows and has had an equally difficult life. She may yet need her (your) family even though she perhaps does not realise it at the moment. She is becoming more and more like your big sister and you are all missing out. It is a shame that she appears in one of your photos but doesn't get a mention - I am sure it wasn't intentional, but isn't that the way with her - she always manages to slip under the radar. Carol would be proud of her little girl too!!

    An over-protective Dad x

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  8. Do you know what Pete, I adore Kate every bit as much as her big brother. I do keep in touch with her via Facebook message and constantly check in on what she's up to. I think she is fabulous and I love that she is in the same industry as Carol was...she is a chip off the block for sure. I'd love to see more of Kate, she is every bit as special to me as Tom. She knows that, well at least I hope she does. She leads a much more private life to us and I'd never presume to mention her publicly without her permission. That is the only reason I don't write about her. She is a strong, beautiful young woman. My Ella bears a remarkable resemblance to Kate and I love that. Kate does know we are here for her and I do make sure we keep communications open. She will never slip under my radar Pete...I'm just waiting till she is ready. Then, and with her permission, I will tell the world about my beautiful niece who I know Carol would be so incredibly proud of...as indeed am I. I do tell her...just privately.
    This was a post to solely sing the praises of Tom at a time when he is doing something very specifically that makes me proud of him....showing that being a young bloke doesn't necessarily equate to negative behaviour.
    I can see how you could take this as favouritism, but that couldn't be further from the truth. They both mean the world to me and I'm honoured to be their auntie. My door is always open to Kate and whenever she needs me I am here. She's lucky to have an over-protective dad! xxx

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  9. Peter Sutton191014 August 2011 at 00:42

    Wendy,

    Fair enough - I was just worried how things might seem to her with Tom receiving all the attention. She wouldn't thank me for interfering but I feel that she sometimes loses out because she isn't like her brother. I didn't mean to cause offence.

    Pete xx

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  10. None taken Pete. You were looking out for your little girl. But you have reminded me that I need to tell her more often, albeit privately, that I love her and I'm proud of her and I'm always here for her. Just because I know those things doesn't necessarily mean that she does. Thanks for that. xxx

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