Happy Birthday Dad,
Love “The Barnett Boys”
Formula 1 was back at the weekend, a sport Dad has always loved, and what a great race watch with Dad in mind, seeing Jenson Button (one of his favourite current drivers) drive home in first at Spa (one of his favourite tracks)!
It’s now been five months since Dad disappeared, and it’s moments this that keep him so present to us.
There have been no real updates to speak of, the family have been carrying on with the various practical issues that this kind of situation presents (moving things into storage, keeping friends and family up to date, etc.) , but really there is very little else we have been able to do. So we stay hopeful, and carry on with him in our minds.
I dug out all the old VHS’s of family videos last week, and am slowly getting them on to the computer, bringing back some great memories, hopefully we’ll find some good ones to share as well.
We’re still receiving kind messages and support from you all, and it means so much. We’d love to hear your memories of him, and if you’d like to share any on here do let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week some friends and family got together for a few drinks at one of Dad’s favourite pubs, near where we grew up. It was a great occasion, and we want to thank everyone for coming along and raising a glass to Dad. Wherever he is, I’m sure he would appreciate how many of us keep him in our thoughts and came together in his absence to celebrate his birthday.
Today, he is in our thoughts again, and although there is still no news of his whereabouts, we will be thinking of him and each celebrating him as a father in our own ways.
We will continue to post updates with any news, but for now we would just like to say, Happy Father’s Day.
As you all know it was Dad/John’s 57th birthday last wednesday. Even though Dad won’t be joining us we shall certainly be celebrating the occasion, albeit very informal.
Nothing is booked or hired, it will simply be casual drinks at a local village pub in honour of Dad’s birthday. We felt this would be appropriate as Dad always enjoyed a drink or two there!
We will be there from the early evening on Saturday the 9th June and would very much like for you all to join us.
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in coming and to find out more details.
We still have no clue as to Dad’s whereabouts, or what he’s up to. It is now seven weeks on, and really all we can do at this time is wish him a happy 57th Birthday.
As today has come around so quickly, and we’ve been so busy sorting the practical side, we’re planning to have some very informal drinks at a pub Dad used to frequent at some point in June. We’ll send the time and date around as soon as we’ve confirmed it this week.
For now, though:
Happy Birthday Dad. Have a drink on us.
The response to this has been pretty overwhelming. At the time of writing, the site has been up for around 18 hours and received well in excess of 3000 visitors. That’s far more than we could’ve hoped for in such a short space of time, and is reassuring to know that the message is spreading to all corners of the globe.
The web can be very powerful, but this is entirely down to the family, friends, and friends of friends who have gone out of their way to share the link. We are truly grateful for your support.
And, if you haven’t done it yet, now’s your chance to jump on the bandwagon - everyone’s doing it!
We thought it would be a good idea to set up a little website so that everyone can stay up to date, and to ensure that we are raising awareness in the best way possible.
Today marks the day that Dad left his house in Betchworth one month ago, and although we have had no news of his whereabouts or intentions, the family are hopeful that everything going on is ‘part of the plan.’
We shall start clearing his house this weekend to avoid unnecessary bills stacking up, but there is little else we or anybody can do at this time, except abiding by Dad’s trademarked mantra of stay positive.
His Birthday is on May 23rd, which isn’t far away and we are hoping to arrange some sort of get-together to celebrate it. We are open to suggestions as to where and what we could do.