Since I last blogged properly, alot has happened in my life, especially the last few months.
In the space of 2 months, I lost both my aunty and my nanna. Both of them where a massive part of my life, in particular my childhood – if i wasnt at home, I was in their homes.
It had been a fair few years since I last saw my aunty when she passed but I am so very grateful for the memories I have of her growing up. My aunty and my dad where the best of friends and we would always see my nan, grandad, aunty, uncle and my 2 cousins on a regular basis. What particularly stands out for me was the amazing roast dinners my aunty cooked and she always had homemade mince pies in the cake tin – I think thats where I get my love of making them from! We also loved putting the music on and having a dance in her living room…..she was an amazing lady and will be truely missed. Love you Mary xxxx
As for my nan, well she along with my grandad helped bring up my brother and myself, along with our parents of course. When our parents where both working, we spent our time in their house. Again my favourite memories involved food – we would always have sausages, mash, peas and gravy followed my int choc chip ice cream! (Theres a pattern here hahaha! No wonder I love food!) They would take us on holidays in the caravan and also abroad to Yugoslavia – we went there every year until is wasnt safe to go no more.
Im so very grateful for these memories, along with plenty others. They are the things you remember and stay in your mind. No one can take those memories.
Even though it will be hard to think of them not being here this Christmas – they both loved this time of year – I will rmember the happy times and smile, because I am lucky to have those memories.
What made me write this post?
My dad, as some of you know, is in remission from cancer. He got all upset yesterday watching my daughter play with her toys she got for her birthday. Why I hear you ask? He said he didn’t think he would get the opportunity to meet her, let alone witness her play with all her toys, talking, learning her numbers and alphabet etc. It made me realise just how important the little things are in life as you get older.
When we are young, we want the latest computer console, music system, bike, fashionable clothes…..but when you get older, all you simply want is to make these memories with family and friends. Memories last forever, thats what everyone remembers.
This Christmas, if theres someone in your family you have in your phonebook who you havnt spoken to in a while, give them a call, a text or even a Christmas card. Make that contact with them, you never know whats round the corner and go into 2018 with a clear conscience. Theres so much more important things in life whan materialistic objects.