I love Summer!
Relaxation, family, friends, food (a glass of wine or two), Christmas, school holidays and lazy days! Our Luminary, Deb Stapleton shares her love of summer and spending it with family in her blog piece about her inspiration behind her piece Family is where life begins and love never ends.
Sometime in amongst the fun, there are tears from the grandchildren, days too hot to sit outside or so many jam-packed days that relaxing doesn’t seem to happen! However, that's all part of the glorious fun of summer shared with family.
We have just enjoyed one of our biggest and best Christmas celebrations. All the family (10 adults and 7 children aged from 6 weeks to 7 years) gathered at our place, as is the norm. Good friends Pam and Wayne and their adult children joined us as they have for years, and this year our nephew Jamie and his wife and three daughters also shared the day. It was crazy, busy and noisy, but how happy it made me. I just enjoyed sitting back and watching the interaction between the kids – big and small. Although sitting back didn’t happen until later in the day – my first glass of wine was at 1:30pm! Old friends came around with their family in the evening and while the over 60’s played Finska with Zara (nearly 3 going on 30) the under 40’s played cricket and had water fights. It’s what memories are made of.
Reflecting on how wonderful Christmas was, it made me think about other Christmas celebrations that were not as joyous. The first was when we only had two children – many moons ago. My in-laws had gone to Canberra to spend Christmas with my sisters-in-law and their families. We went to Port Elliot which for many years was what we did. My parents were supposed to come down to spend the day with us but Dad wasn’t well so they stayed home. It was just like any other day and didn’t have that Christmas feeling; I missed all the family being together. It was also Dad’s last Christmas. The second was when Damien was in India on a school pilgrimage. It was the first time one of the children wasn’t home and I missed him like crazy.
We are so lucky that all the family live close. (Damien, one of our three sons) has a rule that we have to live within 10kms). I feel for those people whose children have moved away. I can’t imagine not being able to watch the grandchildren develop or share in their activities (like school liturgies and kindy grandparents’ day) or hear James say “meow” when asked what a dog says > at 17 months everything says “meow”! Not to mention the regular cuddles and sloppy kisses from all the kids!
There is so much “life” in our lives, never a dull moment, and the love just grows and I am so thankful! To me there is no truer sentiment than Family is where life begins and love never ends.