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Saturday, September 10, 2011

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The home jersey of the Melbourne Storm.Image via Wikiped

It is as a grandparent that I see everything in context, the trials and tribulations of being a parent and the needs and love for our children. They never lessen or wane.

I know the difficulties of being a parent  commencing in the 1970's - I have four children  - two of each.

We were a struggling working class family, but I never considered us as being poor; we were so rich for being a close-knit family, and that has not changed another generation on.

We are now retired but our role continues supporting our children and their families.

We have never enjoyed the luxury of wealth; we struggle and support our children in their own struggles to bring up their families in difficult economic times.

Now we look on and support our twelve grandchildren in one way or another. We don't see all of them  regularly, but Christmas Day  is the time we all get together and share at least one meal as a family, and enjoy each other's company.

We are fortunate that most of the family lives within a few miles of each other, apart from a 16 year old grandson who is a recruit for the Melbourne Storm NRL professional rugby league club in Melbourne, Australia - just a three hour flight from us here in Wellington, New Zealand. But that modern development on the internet, Facebook, gives us the opportunity to follow his progress and communicate with him.

And my own modest talent as a writer enables me to express my sentiments and opinions on a number of  blogsites here and elsewhere. I'm a very private person normally, but it is my privilege to mention and discuss my family with you here . Have a happy day with your own families, friends!

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Anonymous said...

My kids are all married and making babies of their own now. They've all bought houses in the same town we live in, which makes my husband and I really happy. We're not floating in money, either, but in all of the ways that matter most, we're truly rich.

Nice post, Hutt.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Thanks for your comments, Beth. I'll get an url for the blogging group.

Jo said...

Unlike the two of you, our kids are not close by. Two of the boys and their families are within an hour of us, but the other two are in Tennessee a long 10 hour drive away. All are close in our hearts, though and life is so enhanced knowing that.

Family Fun and Faith said...

Though my first born grandson just went away to college, all four of our grands grew up within a mile of our home! Would you call us a close family?

Paula Martin said...

It's your strong family ties which make you rich. Much richer then any amount of money could.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Thank you Jo. Yours a little distance away, but its how often and how you communicate.The internet offers other alternatives with Skype now.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

F.F & F. Yours are just a mile, closer than some of mine. LOL
I know yours are a close family.
Glad to hear from you again.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Yes, close family enriches your family. Our grandson in OZ had to come home in a hurry a few weeks ago when his mother, our second daughter, was rushed to hospital seriously ill. She was in an induced coma.Pride arrived at the hospital at 1am, coming from the airport and customs etc. He whispered in her ear and told her that it was Pride - he connected to her and she spoke. She was then on the road to a slow recovery. He stayed three weeks before going back to Australia. I wrote a post here about that a few weeks ago. Closeness of families can be of great benefit, and the power of love.