Thursday 27 July 2017

Andrea Smith: Brave Liam Heffernan taught us to cherish life, so stop stressing over your looks

Tony and Mary Heffernan and their son Liam
Tony and Mary Heffernan and their son Liam

SOMEONE asked me on radio recently if I minded being fat. I replied that it would be deeply ungrateful of me to mind, when there are so many people in hospitals or graveyards who would give anything to be able to walk around this beautiful earth in my fat old body.

How shallow it would be for me to fret because I carry a few extra pounds, when the body I have works perfectly and has rarely given me a moment's trouble.

I thought of this skewed focus that we have on life over again when reading the beautiful eulogy that Mary Heffernan gave at the funeral of her five-year-old son Liam.

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