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88 years

15 August 2012

We celebrated my grandpa’s birthday with another big family lunch of 16 humans and 2 dogs, this time at my mum and step-dad’s new house. It has a lovely backyard with citrus trees, camellias and a white picket fence. In the middle of the day we sought shade under the trees and sat in a circle chatting. We moved on to a late lunch at long tables set up in the garden. It only ended as the sun dropped and coolness enveloped us. Some of us lingered longer for goat’s cheese in the lounge room, a blanket shared across our laps as we laughed and told stories.

Memorable moments for me include: Sitting next to my grandpa at lunch and taking his plate to chop up his food to make life easier for his shaky hands. By not saying anything and doing it quietly I saved him the embarrassment and he thanked me. I rubbed his arm. Love him. As it got dark, I started to struggle a lot and my uncle came up to me. He said “You are terrific. There are so many opportunities out there and you grasp them and hang on tight. I love you.” A teary cuddle.

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15 Responses
  1. August 15, 2012

    Just beautiful! This is the kind of family gathering that does wonders for the soul:) And those quiet, little moments have such power! xx

  2. August 15, 2012

    lovely special moments with your grandpa and uncle….I think your uncle captured some of your essence….at least that part of you that shows up here….sweet memories, thanks for sharing them, and beautiful photos, as always!

  3. August 15, 2012

    It sounds like a lovely afternoon! You are extremely lucky to have your grandpa still with you. I will always cherish the time i have been able to spend with my grandparents – for them to share their stories with us is very special. I can also understand how sad it is when their health (and/or mind) start to fail them.

    P xo

  4. August 15, 2012

    Love your stories. And your uncle is absolutely right! xx

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    August 15, 2012

    Beautiful as always Miss L. You and your family seem to have a knack for lovely relaxing entertaining.
    I haven’t been to your website in a while. I really like the new format. Or maybe it’s the mobile version? Either way, nice.

  6. August 16, 2012

    You brought tears to my eyes reading this. You being able to understand your grandpa’s struggles without him saying anything and then your uncle recognizing yours. You and your family are so very, very special. I’m so looking forward to seeing you and your Mum in October xoxo

  7. August 16, 2012

    Sounds such a wonderful family party. As the saying goes it’s the small things in life that mean the most.
    Sarah x

  8. August 16, 2012

    Beautiful Lucent…I love your photos and the way you describe those special moments in time!

    Re: jars…I buy mine from an Italian food supplier/wholesale place locally so unfortunately I cannot help you with an online supplier. Good luck with your preserving adventures!

  9. August 16, 2012

    I had a little tear in my eye after reading this because you present such a precious and tender vignette of the people you love. Much love to all of you. It is nice to know you all have each other xxx

  10. August 17, 2012

    what an amazingly joyful, beautiful and love filled afternoon. It sounds perfect, a beautiful memory made to be treasured and remembered when you’re losing perspective. everything important in the world was right there on that afternoon. Thank you for sharing it so beautifully x

  11. August 17, 2012

    Oh man. Beautiful beautiful words with those stories. Family time is totally the best. xx

  12. August 18, 2012

    Oh my, this is such a beautiful story. xx

    You seem to have the most wonderful of family gatherings, filled with lots of love, laughter and the most lovely of people.

    PS. Your photos are stunning (but then I feel like I’m probably always saying that). ;)

  13. August 18, 2012

    Sounds like a perfect family lunch.. 88 – wow!

  14. August 19, 2012

    Sounds like a great day! Go 88!!!

  15. August 21, 2012

    The first picture is actually a wonderful portrait of your grandpa ( I assume) even though his face wasn’t shown. But the neck line and his shirt and pocket are very storytelling materials.

    Your grandpa is so fortunate to have all of you and especially you along his side cutting up for him =)

    Wish you and your family the best.

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