Alice’s Bucket List

It takes a lot to make this cynical old queen cry. Okay, I confess. It doesn’t. I cry at sentimental films cleverly contrived to elicit an instant emotional response. I cry when Karen (Emma Thompson) realises that her husband Harry (Alan Rickman) is having an affair in Love Actually. I weep when Mary (Joan Plowright) and Arabella (Judi Dench) wave farewell to Luca (Baird Wallace) in Tea with Mussolini. I am inconsolable when Ste (Scott Neal) and Jamie (Glen Berry) run through the forest to the soundtrack of Make Your Own Kind of Music by the Mamas and Papas in Beautiful Thing. It’s an acting thing and it gets me every time.

Alice Pyne is not acting. Alice has cancer and she has a blog. She writes:

‘Hi, I’m 15 years old and live with my parents and sister in Ulverston. I’ve been fighting cancer for almost 4 years and now I know that the cancer is gaining on me and it doesn’t look like I’m going to win this one 😦 I’m hoping to write in here as much as I can and I’m also going to show my bucket list which I’m trying to get done before I have to go. Hopefully, I’ll update as I tick each one off the list :)’ Alice’s Bucket List

I began to read Alice’s wish list out loud to Liam. I had to stop half way through. It was all too much. Her courage astounds and humbles me. It should humble us all. Alice has restored my faith in humanity. Thank you Alice.

6 thoughts on “Alice’s Bucket List

  1. I read about this in a newspaper last week and it got me, too. Puts life into perspective, really., doen’t it? And as if was meant to be, as I type this, my dearly missed sister, Janet’s favourite record, Telstar, came on my random playlist on my computer. I blubbed like a baby!


  2. Jack thanks for posting about Alice, and I have now joined her thousands of followers, and lso posted on my blog today about her fight.

    This girl is an absolue inspiration isn’t she?


  3. After reading this, I totally understand why you welled up. There are many Alice’s in the same situation around the world. Cancer is truly terrible and I hope one day there will be a cure.
    Alice is brave and I when I moan to myself about life in general, I will make a positive effort to think of Alice who has yet to live to be an adult.


  4. I’m a bit sentimental myself. In the US, you’re a cry baby if you well up over Hallmark greeting card commercials (or Kodak film commercials two decades ago). Guilty as charged. Thanks for writing about Alice, I know it will help her and other many others fighting bone cancer.


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