Being me… being you

This week my two oldest grand-children turn 13. If you haven’t guessed from the opening sentence, they are twins. They may be twins, but they are very much individuals. One of them goes with the flow, enjoys attention and seems quite relaxed about life, the other has never enjoyed being the focus of attention, ‘Oh,Continue reading “Being me… being you”

This may sound bad, but…

This may sound bad, but… I was thinking today about my family. Particularly, my adult children and my grandchildren. I have two remaining children – my eldest son passed away unexpectedly in 2020 – and six grandchildren, a ‘set’ of three girls in one family and three boys in the other. It occurred to meContinue reading “This may sound bad, but…”

Roles in a relationship

It occurs to me, that over time when you are in a good relationship that many things occur. You find that you balance each other out. What one is good at the other might not be and so you fill those gaps for each other. You slip into defined roles and those roles can becomeContinue reading “Roles in a relationship”

Looking after people I love

I have spoken before about a thing called ‘Acts of Service’ that a Counsellor once described to me. It is about saying ‘I love you’ with actions rather than words. I like to look after people that I love. My husband, my children, my grandchildren. It is my ‘I love you’ in physical form. MyContinue reading “Looking after people I love”

Creating memories to treasure

This gift of Parkinson’s – I know that sounds like a strange way to describe it – but it is a gift because it sharpens the senses, it makes me more aware of the gift of life, of family, of those I love. We would all like to think that we can live forever perhaps,Continue reading “Creating memories to treasure”

Taonga (Treasure)

Today I received a Taonga (treasure) from my lovely husband. A belated birthday gift which I shall treasure. In our New Zealand culture, for Maori the Tangata Whenua of New Zealand, greenstone is revered and given as a symbolic gift. Greenstone is something that should be given as a gift not purchased for yourself. ItContinue reading “Taonga (Treasure)”

Finding joy in the strangest places!

Over the past few days, my husband and I have been working around our section together and tidying up. It may seem strange, but I found that I really enjoyed the physicality of lifting items into my car and loading it to take to the dump and then unloading at the dump. Yes, it doesContinue reading “Finding joy in the strangest places!”

Discussing the future

It is important to me, that I enjoy life here and now and don’t dwell on what might happen in the future too much. After all none of us have a crystal ball to predict what the future holds, with or without any kind of diagnosis. However, for me there was a conversation I feltContinue reading “Discussing the future”

Travel, memories and moments

I told my brothers as soon as I had the diagnosis.  As I said to my husband, for the next 10 years and more – I’m aiming for at least 20 – we are going to spend time with those we love, build beautiful memories and live life to the full!  We will travel –Continue reading “Travel, memories and moments”