Life’s many lessons

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. 
Chili Davis

For the first time ever, I find myself realizing that the number of years is not the deciding factor in how mature one is. This discovery is even more surprising as it involves someone I admired all my life. Interestingly enough I end up being the one doing most of the growing up by chosing to respect his will, regardless of how logical it is. I must admit though, part of me wonders if I am being a coward or a respectful daughter.

Learning that I still have the ability to drive a “stick shift” is somewhat of a nice surprise. Having never driven in France before, since while in Paris, a car was more of a nuisance than anything else, this is my first “official” time. It ends up being a bit of a help as I can navigate independently, and do not have too disrupt too much in my brother’s daily routine.

Did I mention I how I LOVE Skype…Our daily routine brings a smile to my heart first thing in the morning, regardless of all the confusion surrounding me here. Back in Canada, Lovely Husband is holding the fort like a trooper and so are Darling Daughter and Sweet Son. I am proud of us beyond belief. We are going through this as a strong family unit with a loving understanding of how neccessary it was for me to be here with my parents. 

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  1. Sherry, I am just starting to understand the truth of your words :-)Kathryn, It seems we are all trading on new grounds and it is slowly getting better. Thank you for your visit 🙂


  2. My dear, I tried to answer this yesterday but the system erased my message. Oops. What I did mean to say was that I've experienced some of what I think you're going through with my own parents in the last several years (because of Mom's health in particular) and I know that it's incredibly sensitive and complicated. But I know also that it's possible to have some excellent things come from the process if everyone works to communicate kindly and clearly, and I know too that your family back home is a tremendous support and will continue to help you through this. Peace and joy to you and your whole family on *both* sides of 'the Pond'.xoxo,Kathryn


  3. You are exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what you need to do. And even in the hard, difficult times we find joy and we find surprises that we would not otherwise have been given. xo


  4. Marcie, I am appreciating this visit even if it hurts at times :-)Birdie, Love is the answer I try to fill my heart with :-)Db, Tengo mucho placer a fotografiar los lugares de mi infancia. Me encanta verlos acqui, mucha gracias de su visitas :-)Uma, You are making me blush, thank you for your compliment. At this moment Skype is my daily dose of oxygen ;-)CherryPie, a challenge it is indeed and I am learning lots :-)Brian, It so interesting to notice what we our brain keeps in memory :-)Chantal, I could hug the person who thought of it all 😉


  5. i am glad that you can be there with them…and in the midst of what you have going on still have small moments of joy ike remembering you can drive a stick shift…smiles…


  6. another touching post Anyes … it's good to ask questions, it's very good … we may not always like the reply but the answer to all is love, i believe …i'm very happy to hear that you have such a strong family who knows how to be together even when separated physically and that is so precious! you are so very much in my thoughts dear Anyes, hugs!!


  7. Sometimes – we choose to 'go along to get along'..especially when it comes to family. Sounds like you're having an interesting 'eye-opening' visit.


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