Letter from Felixstowe: Keeping up (trying to) with the Aussies

Clive & his grandchildren, a few hours after their 24-hour journey

Clive & his grandchildren, a few hours after their 24-hour journey

This week has been all about our Aussie visitors — Clive’s son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren – who for their first week of this European trip are staying in a rental accommodation just a few doors away from us.

The gang arrived Monday morning and it’s been non-stop since then, at least for me and Clive. We’re always amazed when we get together with families with young children – it’s such an immediate throwback to those years of child-rearing, parental juggling and exhaustion and infinite needs, demands and joys. We’re not sure we can keep up with their normal pace, but so far we’ve been giving it a try.

Before the family arrived, we said to each other that we had a simple objective: that everyone would enjoy themselves, they’d feel they could really relax and be on holiday, and that we would do everything we could to make the time together as wonderful as possible.

Family at the beach, Felixstowe

Family at the beach, Felixstowe

I’ve written before about my role as a step-grandparent. As much as I appreciate my relationship with Clive’s children and grandchildren, it’s obviously not the same as being their birth parent and grandparent. So my focus is also on Clive, and on doing what I can to support his preferences and ‘go with the flow’ as regards each day’s plans. I know I’m blessed that this is easy to do.

Tomorrow is Clive’s daughter-in-law’s birthday. It’s a lovely treat that we’ll be able to celebrate with her and this family on the day.

Clive & his grandchildren, busy on the beach, Felixstowe

Clive & his grandchildren, busy on the beach, Felixstowe

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from (a considerably quieter) Felixstowe.

2 Responses

  1. Nice to hear from you again, and so glad you have the fun of a family visit with them coming to you instead of the other way around! The roller bags are, for now, safely stowed away. It looks like the weather is warm over there…Clive in short sleeves and all. Enjoy!

  2. Martha B, hi there and thanks for your comment! It was a great week with the gang here and you understand totally about the roller bags stowed away 🙂 They did a great job managing jet lag and the weather was indeed kind – always a blessing.

    Hope you’re enjoying autumn in New England. Must be getting more and more beautiful there now.

    Cheers across the Pond.

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