I went to my eldest daughter’s place this weekend. To do their plastering…. I bonded, I fitted angle beads, I plastered, I worked my butt off! Next weekend I’ll go there again, and I’ll finish it off and sort out the leak on the bath and fit it properly…and I’ll work my butt off again….and for the second weekend on the trot….I’ll get to sit and talk to my lovely daughter, and we”ll drink wine and try and make sense of the past and the 28 year seperation her mother forced on us, and I’ll talk with her hubby about football and how their business is going, and spend time with my two fantastic grandsons.
My normal weekend tends to be spending time talking with my wife about almost everything, playing Trivial Pursuit…or Scrabble with the children…or sitting reading and listening to music, sometimes it’s just gathering as a family in the hub of the house -the dining room- where we tend to congregate and chat and exchange views about what’s going on in our lives and the great wide world and how we feel about it all…..
Compare my weekend to that of people worldwide, living in hardship and starving….or even the people of this western world who go through life never appreciating what they have or the good life they enjoy……..
I’ll work my butt off any day to spend time with the people I love….but of course I don’t have to do that….they’re there, at home I have my wife and two grown up children, and I can now go and see my grown up, and very capable eldest daughter, with her hubby and children whenever I want…..a big daughter shaped hole in my life has been filled, no thanks can repay her spiteful and egocentric mother for putting us back in contact with each other now, whatever her motives, I just wish it had happened a very long time ago, we both missed out on a lot of life, but we’re making up for it….
Yes…this was the kind of weekend I can enjoy, and may there be many more like this!