One of the things I’m very grateful for is my family, better known as Team Bacon.
In Addenbrooks hospital when my Dad was diagnosed with brain cancer, he said, “We’re Team Bacon, Team Bacon can get through anything.”
That pretty much sums up my Dad; a ridiculous sense of optimism in an annoying but charming way. (It was annoying pre 7am).
But Team Bacon did get through his diagnosis, cancer, passing and the years since.
There has been new jobs, redundancies, changes of careers, new businesses, new marriages, new partners, break ups, babies, puppies, new homes, first homes, GCSEs, A-Levels, university, big birthdays, marathons, beach walks, crazy golf and a good amount of Prosecco and laughter.
We’re scattered across the country with busy lives, but we all pull together when we need to. We tag team to make sure that we’re supported and united in whatever we’re facing next.
I’m lucky to have such a great support network. To have a group of people rooting for me.
At school on results day I’d be the person arriving with a small coach load of people, all there to show their support and to celebrate. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my absolutely mad family and I wouldn’t change a single one of them.
Team Bacon isn’t just made up of Bacon’s, there are Rutherfords, Whitemores, a King, Smiths, Nuthoos, Boyers, Grahams… I could go on and on. It’s the value of a Bacon – loves food, love to laugh and has to be slightly bonkers.
I mean we even have t-shirts, that’s how seriously we take this team (jokes, we take nothing seriously, we used to play the flour game where you cut a sandcastle of flour until it collapses and then find the coin from the top with your teeth). Nasty.
The support I feel from all my wonderful friends and family is also a wonderful reminder of Dad’s positivity and wackiness in every aspect of his life, that he recognised that in the darkest of times, we were a great team. Unlike most of the football teams we support e.g. Colchester and Ipswitch (sorry not sorry).
In short, thank god for good friends and great family eh?