Monday, June 23, 2008

In Memoriam

Image from McGrath Foundation

I was deeply saddened to hear of Jane McGrath's passing over the weekend. For readers outside of Australia, Jane was the wife of Glenn McGrath - a well-known and talented cricketer, and had dealt with cancer for eleven years.

While not a big cricket fan myself, Jane and her husband Glenn had always struck me as good people, and certainly the work they have done for cancer with their foundation is exceptional.

In a touching move, the Australian cricket team is going to wear pink ribbons and have pink grips on their bats on their match today in the West Indies to honour Jane.

In this transcript from Enough Rope, I thought about these very simple words of Jane's:
"...just to wake up in the morning - it doesn't matter if it's raining or the sun's shining. It really doesn't matter, 'cause every day's a great day, you know? And it' really is the simple things in life that count, and a lot of those things, people don't even think about. They're too busy rushing to get into the city or rushing to work or rushing to get the children ready for something. And they don't stop to smell the roses, I suppose. And we do."
My thoughts are with the McGrath family and friends this week especially. I'm going to give my loved ones extra cuddles today.


  1. Thanks for putting this up, Kate. What a loss. Her words are a precious reminder not live life simply chasing and replacing goals.

  2. Absolutely. They seem trite on first glance, but they've been resonating in my head all day.

  3. I even had a bit of a tear when I watched a SMH slideshow of her and her family. They get me every time, especially when they're pictures of a young mother.


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