Dear Miss E,
Yesterday was a special day, for yesterday we walked A Mile In Memory Of Matilda Mae to raise money for The Lullaby Trust. We travelled down from Nottinghamshire on the Friday night. You didn’t appreciate being woken up twice from your sleep, but you were such a good soul and you did ever so well. When you got woken up the second time, we were at our hotel, so that perked you up immensely. You enjoyed exploring, eating the cookies that were in the room, and you loved your really big bed. Your found it great fun that Mummy and Daddy were once again in the same room as you and you sat up chattering away excitedly for ages before lying down to sleep.
In the morning you woke up bright an early, full of life ready for the special day we were going to have. You decided that you needed a lot of energy for the walk and you ate a croissant, a bowl of muesli with a pot of yoghurt, a sausage, some bacon and a slice of toast! You always eat a lot for breakfast, but never that much!
After breakfast, we set off to travel the remainder of the way to the Rare Breed Centre. On the way the weather was dull and rainy and Mummy prayed that it would brighten up for Matilda Mae’s special walk. It did. By the time we got to the Rare Breed Centre the rain had stopped and the sun had popped out to say hello. We walked the mile with Matilda’s family and lots of other people who had also come to support them and to raise money for The Lullaby Trust. It was a beautiful, peaceful walk with the most gorgeous carpet of bluebells standing proud and spreading their sweet fragance on earth in honour of a beautiful little girl. Halfway along the walk we got some packets of forget me not seeds. We will plant these in pots eitherside of the front door and elsewhere in the garden and when they bloom we will talk about and remember Matilda Mae.
Once back at the marquee, there was entertainment for children, gorgeous violin music playing and bubbles being blown into the sky for Matilda. There was also the singing of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. You enjoyed the activities laid on by Jumping Beans and crawling on the grass. We also had a look around the centre at the animals, watched a falconry display (you were sleeping at that point) and watched some pig racing (pigs run fast!!). It was a beautiful day, but we never forgot the real reason we were there. You don’t yet understand the full significance of yesterday, but as you grow up we will remember Matilda Mae; we will talk about the impact her beautiful little life has had; we will pray for her family as we do now; we will blow bubbles for her as we do now; we will go back to the centre and do the walk again, and one day, if God chooses, you will get to experience the love of a mother for her child and the special bond that comes with it and you will fully appreciate why we chose to go on this walk and help raise money for The Lullaby Trust to help them try and find a way to stop SIDS. No mummy should ever have to be without her baby.
All my love,