Life goes on

Time marches on relentlessly, can you believe it is mid May already? This post focuses on the ups and downs of everyday life and celebrates my acceptance of letting life flow as it pleases.

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Six weeks have passed since Game Over when I walked away from my city job feeling humiliated but very relieved to be out of the unfriendly environment. After that brief encounter everything at home seemed more appealing and I welcomed its comforting embrace.

How proud we were to attend the ceremony to see our youngest daughter graduate from University and receive the revered Vice-Chancellor’s award for her contribution to University life. Peter and I are in awe of the positive influence our daughter has on others, she is mesmerizing and a motivator to all. As Laura walked on to the stage to receive her awards I thought my heart would burst with joy.

One day I suddenly decided to track down my old school friend Libby through Facebook. We hadn’t seen each other for 30 years and met up to catch up on all the news on our lives. There is something special about old friends, they remember and see you as a younger person. The best mirror is an old friend.

Four weeks after the city office saga a former colleague invited me to return to work at the suburban campus for one day a week with further hours working from home. This offer suited me perfectly and I eagerly accepted. So for now I have the best of both worlds.

Every year I look forward to Mothers Day and cherish our family celebrations but this year was extra special when all three of my adult children joined Peter and I for a lovely homemade dinner.  My children each gave me a card and wrote personal and heartfelt   messages that I will treasure forever. These are the words people often say at funerals when it is too late for the person to hear. I’m so proud of the loving and sensitive nature my children exude. Being a mother is the most rewarding experience imaginable.

My poor old Dad had a setback recently. He stumbled and fell over while visiting my mother’s grave to lay red roses to honor her birthday . We later learned he had a heart attack, which restricted blood flow to his leg causing it to give way underneath him. He had surgery to dislodge the clot and his progress has been slow because he has lost strength in the leg. Next he is off to a rehabilitation hospital to help try to reinstate his independence. My Dad is old and tired and it breaks my heart to see him struggling to walk.

Peter and I have been talking about life being short and making the most of every day and have decided to return to Europe in September this year to discover more of Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. Just like last time I’m a little tentative to leave my dog, my family and my home for seven weeks but I know how lucky I am to have the chance to see more of the world and grow with new experiences.

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Life goes on

  1. So good to hear that things are going well for you and you have another exciting trip on the horizon. I enjoyed reading about your last one and will look forward to ‘traveling’ with you again. Hope your dad mends well and quickly. Blessings!

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  2. Well you answered my question—life sounds good—grand actually–except for your Dad—I certainly understand all about that end of things and we continue with our fingers crossed for our son attaining his long awaited degree this summer–its been the elusive prize, each time he draws near, reaching out to grab it, life cruelly snatches it back—but he perseveres and for that we are proud.
    My aunt and I, plus a friend will head to Ireland in September for almost 3 weeks. Fingers crossed my life will allow it!
    You sound happy and content Jenna—and for that, I am pleased
    hugs and love—Julie

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  3. What a lovely post, Jenna! You and I are thinking the same things as my new post for maybe Friday, also is about enjoying life. I too want to do more travel and just enjoy being in the moment. I am so happy for you that all is working out and falling into place. I have missed your posts.

    Love,

    Michele

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