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Colin Morton

Aged 89. Grandfather and husband. Living the best quality of life.

Neither myself or my darling wife Hannah are getting any younger. It’s 64 years since we met at a Forces dance in Ayrshire. Eyes over a crowded room and all that.

I wouldn’t say we’re quite on our last waltz yet, but as someone once said, “the shadows are lengthening across the lawn”.

We’ve had a long, wonderful life together and I love her dearly. Over the years, I’ve probably been guilty of letting myself be mollycoddled. ‘Spoilt’ the kids would say. They were different times I guess.

But she knows how much I love and appreciate her. She’s been an absolute rock through thick and thin.

But just lately, I’ve noticed a change in her.

A few people have taken me to one side and said she seems a little fragile and tired.

It’s a hard thing for me to face up to, but maybe it’s time to admit we might need help. I should probably take a leaf out of Stuart’s book and start getting my affairs in order.

Plus, the future generation of our family continues to grow. Lovely grandchildren and a new one on the way. Marvellous.

I’ve worked hard and made a good life for myself, but all that really matters now, apart from Hannah, is that I can pass all my good fortune onto the new green shoots of the family tree.