Sunrise Sunset - from Fiddler on the Roof.
"Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don't remember growing older
When - did - they?
When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn't it yesterday when they - were - small?
Sunrise, sunset, Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze
Sunrise, sunset, Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears"
Good Morning and welcome to Adelaide and a strange spring morning - heavy cloud and heavy rain and five minutes later the sun is beaming brightly - the weather held off very well for our birthday bash for Rebecca and all went beautifully. She loved her gifts and the food was great. Lots of it and lovely salads and cake. We were able to sit outside and enjoy fragrant candles until a huge rat ran across the top of the fence and sent me scuttling inside. I was quickly followed by the whole group and the outside part of the evening was abandoned.
As always it was lovely to hear them all together and see their smiles and care for each other - my little girl was very spoiled with beautiful gifts, nice wine and a family who love her very much.
Conversation was good and it was interesting to hear them discuss their travel plans - Rebecca and Nick off to Europe in April for 'FLORIADE' in Holland and then on to England and Naomi and Alexis off to U.S.A. also in April with plans to visit New York, Washington, Boston and L.A. All plans are in the infant stage so it will be great to watch them flourish and bloom into realities. They will all be away at approximately the same time - so that means for me only one period of worry not two.
I wish them all well and look forward to photographs, souvenirs and traveler's tales upon their return.
They will all be away for Easter and also for Naomi's birthday, but life is busy for all of them in the meantime. Alexis flies to Tasmania today and Naomi is working.
Yesterday, through her work Naomi hosted a "Yarn while you Yarn" session of the Women Leaders of some of our Indigenous Australian people and thoroughly enjoyed learning from these wonderful women. They talked of life, their traditions and culture and Naomi certainly felt the love. They wove bracelets and shared indigenous foods.
Alexis brought home two "house guests" for the weekend (two insects - relative to her job at the Museum) and of course as she is off to Tasmania - Naomi is the care giver for these little creatures until she gets home.
Their interests are diverse and very beautiful - they seem to find a common ground and enjoy each other's company - and I take delight in being with them all. There was laughter and music and at times we got very loud. :)
The phrase at the beginning of this post is so true - and am blessed to have given birth to two daughters.
Among the gifts Rebecca received was this selection of earrings I had made for her.
She will enjoy road side service with the RAA because of her gift membership and her Gardening Australia magazine will arrive monthly. Other gardening gifts included watering can, gardening gloves and the Scarlet Runner bean seeds she asked for. Beautiful pearl earrings in a lovely trinket box and special kitchen things in a lovely rust colour. I also took the opportunity of her to give her a green glass dressing table set which had belonged to my grandmother - something that has gone down the line to the eldest daughter and she loved it.
I have become 'Transplant Aunt" to this beautiful little boy who will need at some stage a liver transplant because of Billiary Artesia - introducing Tayden.
I hope I can be a support and encouragement to his Mother because the days will be difficult for her.
Back now - later than I planned - I have just had a phone call from a friend advising of the death of her husband yesterday - Geoff died in hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning. Gwen and I chatted a while about the times we spent and the days now gone. Vale Geoffrey Lawrence.
In the midst of happy times there are always sad times and days of sunshine and shadows - and into each life some rain must fall.
Thank you for visiting and reading "The Musings from My Heart" - a heart filled with mixed emotions today, but a heart filled with acceptance too, that these are the things that happen on our journey.
Love and hugs,