Today at 10am Jennie will be speaking on BBC radio 4, on Women’s Hour.
About Edspire. About Matilda. About the things she has done since the night she found her precious daughter sleeping. About the fact that she still gets out of bed each day, which in itself is a mammoth task. To ask a mother to carry on in this world without her child is unthinkable. But to see that mother not only carry on, but to work tirelessly in her daughter’s name is remarkable.
Those who know Jennie, even in a small way, will know that today is not going to be easy for her. Not the speaking about Matilda part. We all know that is going to hurt like hell. But the being there. The speaking to millions of people. The lifting her head and pointing it towards a microphone. The talking.
But she has something to say.
She worries. She worries she will forget things and that she will not be able to do Matilda proud. But she will. She has already. And she will continue to do so. No matter what life throws at this woman now, I know she will deal with it with grace and kindness, and I also know she will do it with Matilda in mind. To paraphrase a post she very kindly shared with her friends recently, she will be done grieving when she is done breathing. And if she does not say what she intended to say today, you and I know that the words were there, on the tip of her tongue, just finding it too hard to roll of the edge. You and I know because we can read her blog.
Today Jennie will speak about her blog and how she has used it to campaign for awareness of SIDS in older babies. How she has used it to document her grief and to perhaps help another mother make sense of the awfulness of SIDS.
Today Jennie will speak for all of us, because she wants a brighter future for us all. Please either tune in, or listen again on iPlayer.