Thanks to everyone for the kind comments on my last post. Like the yachts on Sydney Harbour, we’ve been sailing with and against the wind in recent weeks.
Blogging and Real Life
In the two years or so I’ve been part of the global blogging community, I’ve learned a key aspect of making it worthwhile, at least for me, is to participate in a two-way – or ideally multi-way — exchange of communication and ideas. More specifically, by this I mean if I’m going to post on my own blog, I feel a ‘reciprocal responsibility’ to read and comment on other people’s blogs as well.
Part of the reason I’ve been quiet here is real life has left me little time to spend on these interactions, and I don’t really like blogs that are mostly one-way (‘I did this, then I did that; I think this and I think that; aren’t you just fascinated with me, me, me!?’). Blogging by definition is often rather self-focused, but still, for me the ideal scenario is one in which there’s an exchange of ideas and responses — as there is in the blogs I read and comment on — as opposed to a one-way outpouring.
It’s All Happening
Our new adventure is indeed happening, as is real life in our widely-scattered global family. When Clive brings me my nice cup of tea in bed, he says, ‘Time to board the removal express.’ (Of course, he’s already been up for hours and returned from a sunrise walk with our neighbour and it’s only 7 a.m.) We have a lot to do, so I do need to rise and shine!
On top of an overseas move, I recently had to travel to the U.S. due to a medical emergency with my father; he’s more or less stable now but the situation could change at any moment, as it could with my mother, also in the U.S.; Clive’s father, in England; and his mother, here in Australia.
On the opposite side of the generational spectrum, Clive’s son and daughter-in-law are expecting their third child in early November – but the first two were very early, and it’s already October … so needless to say, every time the telephone rings, we wonder who it is and pray it’s not bad news about an elderly parent (or anyone else) but joyful news about the birth of a child.
Stuff, the Internet, and other Priorities
I hope to post much more in the coming days about this particular overseas move.
For now, suffice it to say I have a lot to say about stuff. We’ve also discovered a new Internet wifi device for staying connected and in the meantime, try to keep our heads above water with daily life in Sydney – you know: food, laundry, communicating and getting together with family and friends. Although I’m in Australia, I’ve become daily ‘communications central’ for my father’s geographically-dispersed U.S. family with respect to his condition, which proves to me if nothing else, once again, that 1) frequent communication is indeed possible, even when 10,000 miles apart; and 2) our need for a reliable Internet connection, no matter where we are, is as basic as food and shelter. I wrote about this in ‘A Wireless of One’s Own’ and now find it truer than ever.
My next post will be more on the scintillating topic of Stuff. My son says Clive and I are singlehandedly supporting international commerce – shipping lines, movers, the U.S. and Aussie post office, and soon to come, British Post.
So we set sail on our new adventure, headed to the English seaside, to the coast of Suffolk, in a place called Felixstowe.
Cheers and more to come.
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