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The 'H' word

•I read G Wright's letter (Letters, December 1) and it occurred to me that it was the first time in a very long time that I had seen the word 'Hope' written anywhere.

The black headlines are depleting any sign of light and no living creature can live without light.

Even a seed buried under the winter earth carries enough in its heart to muddle along until the spring.

We must not forget that 'hope' is not just a word; like all emotions it is an energy, and it is a positive affirming one that enables us to grow.

I think many of us have forgotten that it is an energy we can access.

I walked my child to school today and before leaving him at the gate I handed him his lunch. Jam sandwiches for the fourth morning running. He took them and gave me a big smile and said, "Thanks a million mum, see you later."

I know how sick of them he is, but he didn't grumble or complain, he smiled. And there it was again, 'hope'.

N R Fulham
Co Wicklow

Irish Independent