Happy Birthday Tom

10 Jun

We’re waiting to receive a letter that was sent by one of the Courts to our house that’s not our home. The letter has been forwarded to us, at our current location, but La Poste doesn’t hurry where forwarded mail is concerned. So, this is one of those times when patience is of the essence.

Today, rather than updating by posting much of a sameness, I’m dedicating this post to my wonderful husband.

Tom turned 66 years old today, it is his sixth birthday in France, his fifth birthday as a hobo in France. Since 2007, Tom hasn’t celebrated two birthdays in the same house. In fact, he hasn’t celebrated two birthdays in the same French Department! Two of Tom’s last five birthdays were celebrated in our tent, one of his birthdays was spent in our ‘old girl’, the car, just driving!

Thank you, Tom, for always getting us from A to B during our travels, no matter how far we need to go. You have always enjoyed driving and, by golly, that is just as well!

Thank you for your persistence and courage, we have never once heard you say you couldn’t go on, even if you have thought those words and remained silent. There have been far too many times when we thought we might lose you. You have suffered dreadfully through the pain of gangrene, amputations, and severe chest infections associated with emphysema. But, you never complain.

Thank you for your love, care, and your stalwart support when I or one of the lads has been below par. Despite your vulnerability and your breathing difficulties, you have never complained about the long driving hours, or about searching for firewood with your foot swathed in gauze and bandage, or battling the sometimes bone-chilling winter cold, the miserable damp, the biting insects that love our tent and our blood!

Thank you for your humour, dry, sometimes not quite fitting the topic, often a one-off comment that throws us into howls of laughter and huge rolling tears of mirth! How do you always manage to do that when we’re at our lowest ebb?

Thank you for never comparing how comfortable we were in our house in the UK with how uncomfortable and unsettled we are in France. Comfort, of course, is not just about materialism and physical well-being, it’s also about peace of mind

Thank you for loving this beautiful country as much as we do, and for surviving our sometimes cruel lifestyle. Next year, Tom, we hope your birthday will be spent in our own home, your castle.

Many happy returns, sweetheart, you are a husband, father and grandfather in billions. We love, cherish and appreciate you more than words could ever say.

Now, we promised you a birthday treat, a decent square meal. We have the oxos in their square silver foil coats, 2 litres of bottled water, the hobo stove and a new bottle of camping gas. There’s an Aire de repos just 10kms down the road – let’s go! πŸ˜‰


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31 responses to “Happy Birthday Tom

  1. Val

    June 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Many happy returns Tom. Such lovely words Chrissie! Enjoy your meal x

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Many thanks from Tom and us lot, Val, we had a wonderful meal, despite the gale force winds and torrential rain, lol! xx

  2. Annette Pemberton

    June 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Tom, I’m sure your lovely family will make sure you have a fantastic day, don’t let Chrissie take your to the aire de repos though! πŸ˜‰

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      πŸ˜‰ It was flooded, N, too close to the Adour river, so we decided to leave that (dubious!!) pleasure for another day!! Many thanks from Tom and us lot. xx

  3. hris

    June 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Have a wonderful Birthday Tom, sounds like you are one in two million….Chrissie, I am in tears here xx

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Dry your eyes, Chris, save them for the day we can all shed tears of joy together. πŸ™‚ Thank you from Tom and us lot. xx

  4. Sheila Walshe-Blackmore

    June 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Wishing Tom (and Chrissie and the lads) a great day. Happy Birthday Tom!

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Many thanks, Sheila, from Tom and we other three hobos. Strength in numbers, hearts and minds. πŸ™‚ xx

  5. Chris

    June 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Have a wonderful Birthday Tom, sounds like you are one in two million….Chrissie, I am in tears here xx

  6. merewoman

    June 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Happy birthday, Tom. You certainly are one in a million. πŸ™‚

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you very much, Susie, from Tom and us lot. Tinkerbelle would have had much to discuss with our ‘old girl’!! πŸ™‚ xx

  7. Perpetua

    June 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    A very happy birthday, Tom. You are indeed one in a million, which is fitting as you have a wife in a million. Bless you both. πŸ™‚

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you very much, and you are, as always, there for us. πŸ™‚ Tom, Chrissie and the hobo sprogs. xx

  8. pandjhowe

    June 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Have a good one Tom, pity your not closer to us we could have had a joint party.

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Tom tried to throw you a couple of oxos, Pete, but he reckons his eye/hand coordination was undermined by the gales, excuses, eh?!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you very much from Tom and the hobo gang. xx

  9. fly in the web

    June 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Happy birthday, Tom and let’s hope this is the last one on the road.

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Many thanks, Fly, Tom says he will drink to that, half a litre of Cassis Γ  l’eau, lol! πŸ™‚ xx

  10. Tottie Limejuice

    June 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Fabulous post, Chrissie! Happy birthday Tom, whom I have never met but who now feels like an old friend thanks to Chrissie’s vivid words which bring the whole family to life. Can’t wait to read the book of it all πŸ™‚

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Many thanks, Tots, one day we will all meet in that wonderful place called l’Auvergne. Keep the home fire burning, friend. πŸ™‚ xx

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Many thanks, Tots, one day we will all meet in that wonderful place called l’Auvergne. Keep the home fire burning, friend. πŸ™‚ xx

  11. Simone

    June 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Happy birthday Tom and here’s wishing the year to come is going to be your happiest together in France with everything ‘coming right’ for you all and you get your house back.

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you, Simone, from Tom and his family of hobos! πŸ™‚ xx

  12. Pip

    June 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    My fondest wishes to you Tom for your birthday and to all the rest of the family for the strength you so obviously give each other. And from me a big thank you to the whole lot of you because any time I have a downer I think of your trials and tribulations and my mere hiccup pales into insignificance.

    • hobosinfrance

      June 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Very many thanks, Pip, from Tom and his hobo cling-ons!! πŸ™‚ We try never to think about where we would be without each other, that’s something too awful to contemplate for longer than seconds, so we stuff such thoughts in our back-packs and mosey on! The oxos got wet, Pip, dreadful weather here, so we’ll forego the square meal until the sun has got his chapeau back on his head! πŸ˜‰ xx

  13. Sarah

    June 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I hope Tom enjoyed his birthday, and I too sincerely hope it will be his last on the road. Thank goodness you have each other with the family and are in it all together. Best wishes to you all. x

    • hobosinfrance

      June 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you, Sarah, yes, Tom had a really good day. The rain helped, too, because it settled the air-borne pollutants etc and that eased his breathing problem. πŸ™‚ xx

  14. Anil

    June 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    What a moving birthday dedication to a wonderful man! Much-touched. Let’s hope Tom’s next birthday will be in your own house and home — about time too! Best wishes to you all. xx

  15. La Petite Anglaise

    June 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

    For everything you’ve been through together these past 6 years Chrissie, the hardships, the worry, the frustration and endless other negative emotions, it’s so evident from the words I’ve just read that your love for each other has steadily grown to counteract and counterbalance everything that’s been thrown at you. That’s why you’re survivors. These hard times have given you the opportuniy to see each other’s unfaltering, unconditional devoted love. For this alone you are very rich people! I’m sure that for Tom, so long as he spent his birthday with you, it would have been a very happy one. Love to you all xxxx

    • hobosinfrance

      June 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      I often wonder if we have steadily gone mad during the past years, and we survive because we’re past the point of looking to the future, we live on a day to day basis – that really helps us to enjoy and appreciate each day and each other, our former human materialistic values no longer exist! I do know that we are virtually glued together, lol, and we can now make quite important joint decisions without saying a word! The positive aspects of hobo life! As always, thank you for being there for us, and I hope all is well at your end. Love from the 4 of us xxxx

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