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Reunion.

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Lake Louise

Hi everybody!!! I’m back!

I haven’t posted for what feels like forever, but I’ve got reasons for it. Or at least for part of it.

First, I was running around trying to get all the documents I needed for a trip to Canada. It was stressful. It also took away the usual joyful anticipation of a trip to go and see family. Then, I eventually managed to get on the plane, and I spent a fabulous 3 weeks in Canada with my daughter and her little family!!! And then I came back, and just did not feel like doing anything at all for a while – jetlag, laziness, and whatever else.

Back to the more positive part of all of this – my visit to the part of my heart that lives in Canada.

It is amazing how perfectly it all worked out in the end. I really was torn – should I take the chance and go, or should I stay because of the guesthouse being busy and of course, covid. I decided to just do it! Now or never, it sometimes felt like. And it had to happen ‘immediately’, because I had a small window of opportunity – my son was coming over from Ireland, and the bookings for December was starting to pick up momentum.

So I did all my research, started the process, got all the necessary docs, and went, all the while holding my breath that everything else would work out. It did.

It was glorious to at last be able to give my daughter and son-in-law tight hugs again. The little one was less inclined to do the hugging thing, but that was understandable, as I was virtually a stranger to her. She has only ever known me as a face on the screen of her mother’s phone, and now suddenly I was in her house! It changed, albeit very slowly. At least she now knows I am real, and we got to know each other a bit. I am hoping that she has now grasped the meaning of the word ‘grandmother’.

We also went to Banff for a long weekend. It was a treat beyond measure. I am blessed to have had the time with my two girls, since my SIL had to go away for work at the time. The time I spent there (in Canada) was too short, but it was what I needed to fill a huge hole in my soul that I didn’t even know existed. And I was okay to come back, because there is the prospect of me going over again in April, God willing. Because…I am going to be a granny to two littlies soon!!!! My daughter is expecting a boy in the beginning of May, and I’m going over to help in any way I can. So, so blessed and happy!

I leave you with a few pictures of my time with my far away family.

A Faraway Birthday.

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LEXI

It is my granddaughter’s second birthday today.

I am so very blessed to have such a lively, healthy, friendly, lovable little girl to be a granny to.

I wish her all the best that life has to give, good health and happiness, faith, hope and tons of love. I wish for her perseverance for life’s little curve balls, a will of iron, a backbone of steel, and a heart of gold.

My sweet little Lexi, remember – I love you like the stars and more – HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY!!!!!

A sense of Self…

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My little munchkin.

The second Saturday of the year has come and gone already!

Don’t tell me time doesn’t fly. The last time I held my little granddaughter, she was 4 months old. In the blink of an eye, she is 9 days away from her 2nd birthday, and not a baby anymore. Where did my little baby girl go? Where did the time go? I have no way of knowing when I’ll see her again, and I’ll be a stranger to her, a face she sees from time to time on a cell phone screen… I hate the huge panic over this virus, and I hate the distance between myself and my children and my granddaughter.

One thing I have learnt over the past year -family is important , very much so. Nothing can replace the love of a mother or grandmother, father or grandfather. Uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews – important pieces of the puzzle of life.

I grew up with family (my father was one of 7 children!), then, through circumstances, grew apart from them, and lost contact for many years. I have recently started communicating with a few of my cousins, uncles and aunts, and I KNOW I missed out big time. And I do blame my parents for the loss to a certain extent.

Not everybody has wonderful relationships with their families, I know. But believe me, a life with irritating family members, is just soooooo much better than a life without family.

Huge, as milestones go…

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As promised yesterday, I am going to tell you about another huge event that happened since I last posted (since the time before yesterday, which was 2 years ago!) And just so you know, this is typically me – either full on, or totally off. I haven’t posted for 2 years, now I want to post twice a day…

I had the privilege of raising 3 children. Three very amazing human beings, I must add (as most parents probably think about their children). And they left home for varsity, and then one by one they started working, and going about their lives.

Then, of course, as life goes, one by one, they met someone and fell in love. My daughter got married and in the same year, she and her husband moved to Canada – big tears…

But, people, then…then after many years (or that’s what it felt like to me), they decided to start a family, and last year January, I became a grandmother for the first time!!! Oh, the joy….

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I am now a proud, doting grandmother, and I will not apologize for it! My little granddaughter is the light of my life, and she brings me so much joy. From a distance, of course, since she is in Canada, and I am in South Africa.

The distance is a sore point, I can not lie about it. I am so pleased that my children have grown up to be independent human beings, because that is how I tried to raise them. But if I could have a say, if I had a choice, I would prefer to have them closer. I would like to see my little angel more than twice in 18 months. I would love to be part of her life, and form some kind of bond with her.

The fact remains – I am a granny, I am chuffed to bits about it, and I adore my little granddaughter, and it is one of the best things that ever happened in my life.

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