Ok. Can I hand in my resignation and start retirement? There are so many things I want to do and work is just getting in the way. I think I am ready to be a kept women.
Here is my to do list (for this year alone)
- Write my novel
- Research the next one
- Sort out and data entry all my family history research
- Continue the research, preferably in the UK
- Build an organic vegetable garden, with chook house
- Go back to my home town of Wisemans Ferry and just be for a while
My Aunt called me a few months ago, telling me she was going to the UK and could I give her what I knew about a branch of the family that came from Devon. I knew I had a lot more data in my files than I had got around to entering in the computer. I wanted to present her with a very detailed family tree (she is after all an (ex) school teacher so the goody two shoes was coming out in me). I knew I had a few months, and the sticky note with all the info got moved along in my diary as each week passed.
Yesterday morning I get a phone call.
Jodie, it's your Aunty J here.
Oh Hi. I guess you are off to the UK soon. Sorry I haven't got that info for you yet. When do you leave?
Oh crap. Ok, well can I email it to you today?
I am up at your cousins place, can you drop it around to me?
6pm and I had it all printed out for her. My other Aunt, who I haven't seen for about 15 years (at least) and lives in NSW was over too as she is going with Aunty J to the UK. Bonus. I get to see both the old favourite Aunties at once.
My cousin lives less than 2 km from me. I rarely see her, we bump into each other at the shops sometimes. So I popped around and it was wonderful, that family connection, it felt so natural.
How did I get so removed from my family that I love? This is what our modern lives do to us. We get too busy for the things that really matter.