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  • The first time I saw the film 'Frequency' it reduced me to tears.

    In the film, Dennis Quaid is a 'Radio Ham' who, through a freak atmospheric anomaly, was able to speak with his father who had passed away some 30 years earlier.

    How I wish I could find the correct frequency to tune in and speak to my mother and father.

    Dad passed away early into the New Year in 1976 when I was 15. Mum passed away Christmas Eve, 15 years later.

    Both of them probably saw the worst of me. A wailing infant, a grumpy child, a confused, argumentative teenager. Dad never saw me grow into adulthood, and most of my adult life was spent away from mum while I was in the services. I never got to discuss anything of meaning with either of them.

    I never had the chance to talk or ask about life, work, girls, marriage, love or hate. I never had the opportunity to ask advice on the right car, the right house, the right job, the right girl, the right thing to do.

    But, despite not being able to listen to mum or dad's words of wisdom, I'm pretty confident that they would have stood by every decision I have taken. I know that they are with me, standing by me, supporting me.

    But that knowledge of knowing they are there can never replace the conversations that never happened. The words not spoken.

    I love you and miss you both. I'm still trying to find that right frequency.
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