Monday’s walk was nothing out of the ordinary, usual route, usual steps. Just saying it is crazy, to casually say it’s usual for me to be walking!
Tuesday started wet and windy, for the first time in a week or so I needed to wear my coat. I did a fast route covering a couple of miles before the rain stopped and sun was starting to show.
Later I travelled with my daughter in law and beautiful Granddaughter to visit a very special place. We went to the seaside, to a park where fairies live. My gorgeous little girl loves fairies very much. The first thing we saw was a wooden house, oh the excitement as we opened a tiny door and inside there were the fairies. The look of wonder on a little face made my heart happy. There were other fairy houses dotted around and we spent a happy hour peeping inside and squealing with delight.
I feel so happy to have a lovely family and am ever grateful I am fit enough to have fun with them. We walked along the sea front to the beach where I was able to take a photo of my Granddaughter and her Mummy standing on the sand with the river behind them. A poignant moment for me, as I have a photo of me as a two year old on the same sand, in almost the same place, with my Mum standing beside me.
The circle of life I guess. My Mum never got to meet any of her Grandchildren, sadly it was not to be, so I feel the love and fortune all the more for having these special people in my life. Down there on the beach with the same river lapping the shore, I feel connected to my past more than anywhere else in the world. I am thinking of childhood summers on the shore, picnics and play, I am thinking of me on roller skates up and down the seafront and later as a teenager looking at the water and imagining the world at the end of the waves.
Our home town is miles away from the sea, my Granddaughter will grow up with the hills as her world not the sea, but just spending one day, on the beach and the circle feels complete. She will never know the family who would have loved her so very much but I hope she will always understand the connections we have to the river, to the sand and most of all to each other.
By the time we arrived home I had completed a respectable 14,000 plus steps on a sunny day when memories were both remembered and made.