Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It all depends on YOU!

Do you ever long for a date or a special occasion to be here sooner that it is?  I used to do this, all the time....wish Christmas would hurry up and get here, or a party, or something I was looking forward to that was circled on my calender.  I would wish away my days.  I try not to anymore.

After my sister died I started to realize how special each day can be...if you want it to all depends on you!  Time is precious.....I learned that the hard way through nursing our terminally ill daughter.  

When we found out Savannah would only live for a few more years, as heart wrenching as it was, I tried to make every day special.  Create some memory each day, even if it was just a little thing like reading a book to her and savoring her smiles she would reward me with.

Lately however, I've been homesick.....for Australia, for my family and friends across the pond...for a traditional, succulent roast lamb with roasted pumpkin and Aussie meat pies that ooze scalding delicious meat down your fingers......leaving you wanting more.  For my Dad's shy smile and little pat on the back he'll give me when I throw my arms around his neck.  And then there is my sisters four children who will have grown so much, both in their height and attitude.

     A famous Aussie Meat Pie......delish!

We have to wait until November to board the big bird that will transport us half a world away....and I'm finding it hard at the moment not to wish my days away.  But when I start to do this I have to make a conscious effort to remind myself that there will be many days ahead that I can cherish instead of longing for a day a few months away.

When the jumbo finally descends into Sydney, Australia, its exhilarating, the pilot always dips the wing and all you can see is sprawling suburbia with the bluest ocean surrounding the city...the Opera House and of course the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge with bustling traffic moving along it.  Over the P.A system on the plane they usually play "I still call Australia home" or some other ballad that makes me cry and long for my family.  And when the big bird touches down and screeches to a halt I smile amid my tears, knowing it won't be long and I'll see my Dad...and my friends.

         The view of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House and the Bridge we call the coat hanger! :)

So I'm struggling at the moment to practice what I preach and make each day count until then.  There really is no place like home and loved ones.  The simple pleasures of enjoying a meal together...or a hot cup of tea around our kitchen table now, makes me consciously stop and absorb the moment....and focus on being grateful for the special time I've been given.

So until November, I'll have to say a daily mantra to myself to focus on the here and now, the present day or moment and not wish I was elsewhere.  I know the weeks will fly by as they do and I also know there will be lots of fun times here before we leave.

Just last night I watched Dempsey in her funny little ways teach a thirty-five year old how to play made me smile and my heart fill with pride at how everyday can be all depends on you!

     At "home" last Christmas in Australia....Me, Dempsey and Peter

PS;  Maybe I'll purchase some red patent leather shoes...close my eyes, tap my heels together and say "There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home........."

Hoping my blue cup will be filled with sunshine for the next forty-two days...but hey, who's counting! :) x




  1. I love your strong spirit.

    I love that you know the theory of making each day count... and just like the rest of us the practise isn't such a piece of cake!

    This post struck a chord for me because I have been counting down the days too - due to retire at the end of this month. I will remember your wise words and enjoy each day until then (:

    Debbie my daughter told me about your blog (Deb and Jason from Australia). I hope you don't mind me leaving a comment.

    Your story has touched my heart. Thank you for sharing. Peggy (Australia)

  2. Firstly,thank you so much Peggy for leaving a comment....I love to hear other peoples helps me know sometimes I'm not the only one who feels this way. :)

    Thank you too for your kind words. I'm sure you are just beautiful like your daughter who I was fortunate enough to meet a few years ago and share some happy hours with.

    I'll be thinking of you Peggy in the days til the end of the month and I bet you have alot of special moments amid the crossing off of days until then! :)
    Diana x

  3. Diana-
    Thank you for sharing your story. I found you from a post on Glow.
    Having just recently lost my son I am not in a place of peace yet as I am trying to simply learn how to breathe in this new life.

    I just wanted to say that I admire your courage and your smiling manner.
    If there is one thing for me to take from your story it is to cherish the memory of my son and the lives of my living children every day. They are what keep me going.
    Thank you again-
    With grace-

  4. Dear Leslie,

    I am sorry your son has died, it is life changing to lose a child....and heartbreaking.

    Thank you for leaving a comment, it means a lot and keeps encouraging me to keep writing in hope of helping others like you.

    Your days at the moment must be difficult. I hope you surround yourself with people who love you and can help you on your hard days.

    I will keep you in my thoughts and hope that in time your memories will provide you with strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

    Your comment is just what I needed tonight so THANK YOU!
    with love
    Diana x

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