Dear Fiona

Dear Fiona,

I found out this week that I am dying of terminal lung cancer. Death has a way of focusing the mind and I wanted to say some things I should have said a long time ago.

Marriage is complicated and we've had our fair share of troubles, but we've also had some wonderful times – I even still have the photograph of our weekend in Paris.

I just wanted to say how very sorry I am for not being the husband and father I needed to be, and for walking out as I did. I have over the years justified my actions, but they are inexcusable and wanted to make my peace with you.

I hope you will find it in you to forgive this old fool and remember the good and perhaps a little less of the bad.