(Yes, I'm struggling with my numbered titles.)
So, this may not make as much sense as it ought to, because it's a hard question and I've only had one cup of coffee since waking up.
Desert Wanderer wanted to know something I'm unexpectedly grateful for.
Which...wow. Big question. i hope I've understood it correctly...maybe I'm just 'grateful', rather than 'unexpectedly grateful'. I dont know...anyway.
What immediately springs to mind is 'everything my life is right now'. But that's not very helpful.
I think you all know well enough how grateful I am to John and the boys, so I thought I'd cast slightly further afield.
Im grateful for my sister, Nicky. I don't quite know how to put it, but...if I was her, I'm not sure I'd be as supportive of me as she is.
I can virtually hear the rattle of her keyboard as she starts disagreeing with me...
We were a bit of a team growing up, but, being the oldest (and being a boy) I tended to be 'in charge' a lot. And I can see how some siblings wouldn't like that much. It's no secret Danny and I never exactly got on. It's hard enough being told what to do by your parents, let alone by your older brother.
I made a lot of mistakes, I made a lot of stupid decisions, I didn't know what I was doing most of the time, and in the end I left all that for her to deal with and ran away to London.
And still, despite all that, she's been the most supportive of me that you could ever wish for.
Even when times with Bryan were bad and I basically cut myself off from her - and everyone else - because I didn't want them to see what I had become, even then, she was there for me, and when we finally parted, she didn't say a word about what a shit I'd been to her, she was just still there for me.
So I didn't expect her to do any of that for me...and I'm very very grateful that she did. And that she gets on so well with John, and all of that. She's a fantastic sister.