Dad Shares The 10 Most Important Things He’s Learned Since Losing His Son

10 Most Important Things I Have Learnt Since Losing My Son
Picture from: Facebook / Richard Pringle

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Richard Pringle’s three-year-old son Hughie had a serious brain condition that doctors believed was manageable. However, Hughie suffered a brain hemorrhage last year that he did not survive.

Since his son’s passing, Richard has realized more than ever how precious life is and wants to help other parents appreciate the time they still have with their children.

The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learnt Since Losing My Son

1. You can never ever kiss and love too much.

2. You always have time. Stop what you’re doing and play, even if it’s just for a minute. Nothing’s that important that it can’t wait.

3. Take as many photos and record as many videos as humanly possible. One day that might be all you have.

4. Don’t spend money, spend time. You think what you spend matters? It doesn’t. What you do matters. Jump in puddles, go for walks. Swim in the sea, build a camp and have fun. That’s all they want. I can’t remember what we bought Hughie I can only remember what we did.

5. Sing. Sing songs together. My happiest memories are of Hughie sitting on my shoulders or sitting next to me in the car singing our favourite songs. Memories are created in music.

6. Cherish the simplest of things. Night times, bedtimes, reading stories. Dinners together. Lazy Sundays. Cherish the simplest of times. They are what I miss the most. Don’t let those special times pass you by unnoticed.

7. Always kiss those you love goodbye and if you forget. Go back and kiss them. You never know if it’s the last time you’ll get the chance.

8. Make boring things fun. Shopping trips, car journeys, walking to the shops. Be silly, tell jokes, laugh, smile and enjoy yourselves. They’re only chores if you treat them like that. Life is too short not to have fun.

9. Keep a journal. Write down everything your little ones do that lights up your world. The funny things they say, the cute things they do. We only started doing this after we lost Hughie. We wanted to remember everything. Now we do it for Hettie and we will for Hennie too. You’ll have these memories written down forever and when your older you can look back and cherish every moment.

10. If you have your children with you. To kiss goodnight. To have breakfast with. To walk to school. To take to university. To watch get married. You are blessed. Never ever forget that.

World Kindness Day

Today is World Kindness Day encouraging us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world.

Use today as an opportunity to be kind to family, friends, neighbors, and others.

Check out the 10 Most Amazing Acts of Kindness from  the Good News Network on World Kindness Day!

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Get Your Farmers Market On!

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Check out your local Farmers Market before they end!

Saturdays– Sonora’s Certified Farmers’ Market  7:30 until 11:30 a.m., through October 14th. Located at Theall and Stewart Street in downtown Sonora.

Thursdays- Columbia’s Certified Farmers’ Market in Columbia State Historic Park at Main and State streets through September 28th, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.; includes handcrafts, unique foods, antiques, kids’ activities, docents in costume and music.

Fridays –Angels Camp Farmers’ Market at Utica Park off Main Street downtown through Sept. 29th, 5 p.m. until dusk. Includes craft vendors, food, live music and weekly featured winery and beer sales and is sponsored by the Angels Camp Business Association.

Sundays –Farmers Market at the Square in Copperopolis off Highway 4 and Little John Road through Oct. 29th, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and is sponsored by Copperopolis Town Square.

Dog Rescues Baby Deer From Drowning

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Dog Swims into the Long Island Sound to Rescue Baby Deer video

July 17 (UPI) — A New York state man captured video of his dog swimming out into the Long Island Sound to drag a struggling baby deer to safety.

Mark Freeley said he was walking Sunday morning with his golden retriever, Storm, and his other dog, Sara, when Storm ran out into the water and started swimming toward something.

Freeley’s video, posted to YouTube, shows Storm drag a deer fawn that had been struggling to swim back to shore.

Freeley said Storm plopped down next to the baby deer once they reached shore.

“And then he started nudging it, and started pulling it to make sure she was gonna be OK I guess,” Freeley said.

Freeley called in rescuers and waited with the fawn on the beach, but he said the deer ran back into the water as soon as the rescuers arrived.

Freeley and Frank Floridia of Strong Island Rescue waded out into the water to get a lasso around the deer.

Floridia said his partner, Erica Kutzing, ran about a mile on the beach to help with the rescue.

“I don’t think I could’ve done it without the help of my partner. i was exhausted at the point my knee blew out, and I collapsed on the beach,” he said.

Kutzing carried the deer to the rescue van and it was transported to a local animal rescue, where it is recovering from some ticks and an eye injury.


By: Ben Hooper