The time we spent in New Plymouth was... good. Is it okay to say that? Things went as they do, and it was good to be there to provide support and love whenever and wherever it was needed. There was a lot of laughter over the days that we were there, and it was said more than once, the gathering was not only to mourn the passing of an amazing lady, but even more so to celebrate her life.
So I got to thinking about celebrating life... and I wanted to celebrate and share a tiny snippet of memories I have of some close family who have blessed me with their presence in my life.
- I could fill pages with memories about Dad. I've already shared my favourite memories of fishing with him. He always did say no matter how old I got, and no matter where I lived, I'd always be his baby. We may have butted heads a bit, but I was such a daddy's girl.
- Sitting in Wada Mummy and Papa's room (my maternal grandparents) and listening to Pops talk about how he fell in love with Wada Mummy the first time he saw her hanging out the washing. He still looked at her with so much love and adoration sixty years later, my heart choked. I promised myself at that point, I wouldn't settle for anything less than that. (Phill looks at me like that - I've sneaked a peek!)
- Hundreds upon hundreds of memories with Wada Mummy. Mostly I loved laying on the sofa with my head in her lap, as she'd play with my hair and would tell me stories of her life. She was so unbelievably interesting, strong and inspiring.
- The first time Nana Woller met me, she turned to Phill and said "You'd better hang on to this one, or you'll get a boot in the bum!" I knew there was a reason I liked her right away!
- I quite liked that Phill's Grandad Couper always called me "Little Girl" even though I am now the oldest of all the Couper grandkids. It always made me smile.
- My paternal Grandfather, Bapa, and I had a bit of a language barrier, but he loved an A & W commercial that used to come on the telly and he would giggle like a little girl! It was the most beautiful sound.
What are some of your favourite memories with those who have passed through your life?