So here it is, this very special day. Today, 1st August 2017, is the first birthday of Bluebird Support Services Limited and the second anniversary of the sad passing of my dad. Most children live to make their parents proud and I miss having my dad around to have his blessing, and I still want to make him proud.
When I had my #yearoffirsts party in 2013 (the first anniversary of being singalised after a not totally happy 20 year marriage) my parents gave me a gift. It was a beautiful broach of a flying bird. I never expected any gifts from a divorce party, and this one from Mum and Dad was really quite poignant.
When Dad gave it to me he said "It's only small love, but it's to symbolise you getting your wings and your freedom". He also told me that day that he was proud of me for making my decision. The last time Dad said that to me was when he was so very sick with his cancer and it was just three days before he passed away.
So choosing the name of Bluebird to symbolise wings and freedom makes sense to me. I've Googled the name and its mythological meaning is joy and happiness.
I launched Bluebird on 1st August 2016, the first day of freedom after having my wings clipped with restrictions from my previous role and the first anniversary of the death of my dad. And Dad being an Evertonian meant it just had to be a blue bird.
I'm raising a toast to him today, and to joy, happiness and freedom. Bluebird is flying and it really does lead to freedom.
This is my dad in his prime enjoying our fantastic family camping holidays in North Wales in the 70s. Happy days. x