“The time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of may things;
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings”
Lewis Carroll – From “Through the looking glass”.
Well the time has most certainly come for me to stop mooning around and get back to the discipline of writing my blog. So what to write about? How many times have I asked myself that question over the months and years that I have been writing my blog.
There is a big hole of course, where Lotte used to be and the hole I guess will always be there. But it’s time to move on. And now Miss Bella is making her presence felt and helping to close the hole.
I had one of my grandsons staying with me last week and what a joy that is. He it was who arrived with his young brother the day after Lotte died complete with flowers and chocolates for Granma; they made my bed and kept me supplied with cups of coffee throughout the day. He was staying here last week while his younger brother and their mother were at a rowing competition – the Maadi Cup, the premier rowing competition for schools in New Zealand. The team did very well reaching the semi finals.
One of the things I really love about having time with my grandsons is the scope of topics we discuss. Dinner on night was enlivened with talk of the war – that is World War 2 and what it was like to actually live during a war. It then moved on to Vietnam, the Cuban crisis and the war in Iraq. How knowledgeable these grandsons are. We discussed what had caused the two World Wars – how well read this boy is – the futility of war, how really there are no winners, each side loses and what a waste of life all wars cause.
We then went on to discuss the favourite subject of all boys – technology and how far we have come and how much things have changed not only in my life time but also in his. I just love talking with and listening to these lively young minds at work. And I conclude that the world can be a better place if the leaders of the future are drawn from the likes of these young men.
And yesterday I picked up my eldest grandson from University. He has just started and is doing a Network Engineering course. We had a lovely hour driving in the car together while he told me about his course and his observations on the difference between school life and University life. He has decided that one night a week he will come to stay. It takes him about 1.15 hours to get to University and if he has a late session followed by an early morning one he thinks it makes sense for him to stay here. And I must say I wholeheartedly encourage this.
And now it is almost Good Friday. Once again we will have the shopping debacle/fiasco of which retailers may open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday and which must remain closed. Every year there is a number of retailers who are fined for ignoring the trading hours rules. But as we are definitely moving away from a totally Christian nation into one of many faiths, questions are being raised about the rules governing these holidays. No doubt the controversy will rage for many more years.
So I wish you all a Happy Easter whether you celebrate in the traditional Christian way, or in your own faith or however else you choose. May it be all that you wish for.
I shall spend it getting to know more of my new friend.