There is nothing like being away from your usual routine to give you a different perspective. This time of year I am usually spring cleaning the house as I get it ready for our visitors. I found myself in this usual routine up until a week ago. I had an absolute bee in my bonnet about repainting the lounge and dining room and organizing new curtains. It was so important to me. Then I got news that my Gran was not doing well and I flew to be with my sister as we care for her as she waits for my mother to fly in tomorrow to come and spend some special time with her. All of a sudden I realise that the fresh paint and curtains pale in importance compared to having quality time and closure with the ones you love.
This time has been a gift that I will always treasure. Taking little walks with my Granny and just allowing her to tell me all about her life are treasures that I can pass on to my children. To be able to learn about your heritage is a privilege. In doing so you have the opportunity to choose what to glean from and what to learn from.
I am learning so much at the moment. Life lessons like when to speak and when to just listen. Also when to offer assistance or intervene and when to wait until asked to assist. When to speak your mind or to simply just release. It's not always easy, but it truly is a privilege to be there for family in moments like this.
These are my late night musings. Tomorrow holds an exciting new day! Mom arrives and the reunion is going to be very sweet.