Wednesday, 23 July 2014

52 Lists / Thirty

Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things you want to be remembered for

I was rather excited when Emma's email with the list for this week landed in my inbox. I'd been thinking about what I wanted to be remembered for earlier this week when Andy and I had one of those random conversations about what we want our funerals to be like on the way home from dinner out on Saturday night. 

I keep thinking about this a lot recently as I don't want to have a bog-standard chronological eulogy. I've read these at 3 of my grandparents' funerals and although they're a lovely celebration of the persons life, it can be so stressful for the person doing it that I'd rather not make any loved ones even more anxious at a difficult time.

So I've decided I just want sentences read out about me. It will be the good, the bad and the ugly - the sort of things that if you heard it you'd think "Yep, that was Jo". I don't want just to be remembered for good deeds, I want to be remembered for who I am because if you know me and love me as family or friends, you have to take the rough with the smooth, appreciate my kind ways and laugh at me when I'm dappy. 

I guess over time these will change before my funeral but these are some of things I want to be remembered for...

Jo always had her friends and family in her heart and in her head.

She loved all cats and would stop in the street to befriend them.

She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries and jumped at any excuse to send a card.

Jo would never allow people to pause for breath between sentences and would often jump in to speak before you could complete the final syllable of the last word.

She loved bunting and always cheered up her street with her displays of bunting, flags and fairy lights at Christmas.

She cared about every child in every class she taught. She always tried to get to know ever child inside out.

She made a pretty good Christmas pudding, scrummy fruit cake and her custard and white chocolate cookies were delicious.

Jo was really bad at always double-dipping chips.

She loved London and was so proud to be a life-long, multi-generational Londoner.

Jo loved Andy to bits even if they did so often drive each other bonkers.

She was a procrastinating perfectionist but usually got there in the end.

So that is me. I'm sure there are other things I'll think to add later but I'm hoping this event won't occur in the immediate future. That said I'm glad I've written it done because you never know what's around the corner and it could be a big red bus waiting for me to land underneath. (Joke!)

What would you like to be remembered for? x


  1. What a lovely list, and thoughts to go with it! Well, all except for the falling under a big red bus bit, haha. I can vouch for the fact that you are a very diligent card sender :) I would like to be remembered for being kind, for diligently trying to learn from my mistakes to become a better person, and for celebrating little details.

    1. Thanks Shannon, that's very sweet of you. Which reminds me that someone has a birthday coming up and I have a few little things for little Margot to send over! You will certainly be remembered as kind and lovely! x

  2. She was really good at making shortbread.

    1. She = me or thee? Both shortbreads would knock the socks of Mary Berry's I'm sure! x