A New Day Dawns

Today I waved goodbye to my youngest grandson.  He’s on the way to University in Christchurch in the South Island and on the way to the next stage of his life.  I can hardly believe that little boy who wasn’t even born when his grandfather died, is old enough to strike out on his own.

His mother and I shall miss him and his older brother will be lost without him, although sometimes one could imagine that they don’t even like each other.

So good luck Darling No. 4.  He is the last one to leave school and start at University. What a great time he is going to have and as Dr Seuss says:

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting
So..get on your way!

Two years ago the 13th February was a Friday and I wrote about superstition and then went on to write about my day; a beautiful sunny day in Ohope on the east  coast of the North Island of New Zealand.  On days like that, this certainly is Godzone.  And what was I doing?  I was Watching.  Here’s part of that blog post:

Today I am watching

Judith & Alice

  • The way a newly born baby attracts people and noticing the joy of being allowed to hold her
  • The huge waves rolling onto the beach; they are quite magnificent in their power
  • Surfers battling these waves and some succeeding in standing up
  • Children paddling in the surf
  • Two older couples just enjoying the sunshine, sand, and the water’s edge
  • Puffs of smoke emanating from White Island – New Zealand’s most active cone volcano.  It’s very close only 48kms/30 miles from shore.  It’s puffing away merrily today.
  • And strangers interacting as they meet on the beach
  • A couple walking their dogs
  • A small child clambering onto a tyre strung up to make a swing
  • My partner stretched out on a lounger contentedly reading
  • Teachers from the local school rounding up the pupils
  • A group of teenagers enjoying their lunch on the beach
  • The same group chasing each other and generally having fun
  • The brilliant sun shining down onto our part of the world that we call Paradise.”
So different from today  Again, it raining and windy – oh where has summer gone?
 But some summers are brilliant.  And as a reminder, here’s a photo of the beach in front of our house in Ohope.
Ohope beach
“Abundant sunshine, warm waters and safe swimming make Ōhope Beach the perfect summer holiday destination. Maybe that’s why it was voted NZ’s Most Loved Beach—with 11 km of easily walkable white sand beach from the Ōhiwa Harbour entrance all the way to West End.”  Whakatane.com  Information.
And have you had a chance to look at my new blog, Books&morebooks where I review the books I have read.?  Maybe there’s a book that appeals to you.
 
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8 responses to “A New Day Dawns

  1. How do those grandkids grow up so fast? I wish him all the best for a wonderful future.

    • Thanks Darlene and apologies for the delay in responding. And now his brother is leaving home too to share a flat with some Univbuddies. Empty nest indeed.

  2. Hello Judith- good post! Maybe it’s just me but I can’t get your new book site to open. Can you please send me the link. Thanks!

  3. “Time passages..” Things are certainly different for you now. Thats why its good to have young people around you, it reminds uou that time does not stand still. I love the picture of the beach. It is beautiful.
    Im going to see my 2 young grandsons this week. I last saw ghem in October. Thank you for sharing today.

  4. Thanks for the comment Jena. Here’s the link to my other site. www.http://booksandmorebooks2017.wordpress.com. Hope it works this time

  5. Just found your blog — lovely photos. A family member beginning life’s adventure away from home is momentous for all. Thoughts of our own are sometimes triggered as we recall when we did the same.

    I read an earlier post in which you briefly reviewed some of your later life experiences, joyous and sad with your mother and then a love. I’m so sorry you’ve had those losses and especially the circumstances of their final times. Loss becomes more prevalent in all our lives as we age to a degree that sometimes we’re amazed we still survive. But as you are clearly doing, we continue.

    I’m sure your hospice work is very meaningful to others as well as to you, just as my lifelong BFF living on a coast opposite my own here in the U.S. found to be true. Unfortunately, she recently passed away, but benefited from hospice care herself.
    A widow of ten years myself, and having experienced my husband’s sudden death due to illness over ten years ago, my own mother years before that, I understand the feelings that arise, the challenges and adaptations such change presents — different, but the same for each of us. I’m glad you can enjoy the stimulation of young people around you. I have that, too, but slightly differently — at a distance — across our continent from me. We do visit in person on occasion.

    • OMG I’ve just seen that I missed your comment. Thanks for taking the time to share with me. Yes, life moves on as it must taking us with it. There are changes and challenges to face but there is no option, we have to accept them as and when they come and deal with them as best we can.
      It will be 19 years next month since my husband died, and 2 years in August when my later love died. Both great men and how lucky I have been – two men who loved and cared for me when some never even get one.
      Again, thanks and take care.

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