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Beach Crawling

Visiting family

My dad

What an emotional rollercoaster this visit has been for me. My Dad is now in a care-center because his health has gotten so bad. He is doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances, which makes me happy. He knows he must be there but doesn’t really want to be there, which makes me sad. I am just glad I’ve had a chance to spend some time with him.

Happy to see us both

My brother Lawrie has had his own health issues, this means we haven’t been able to spend much time with him so far. He is on the mend and so we might get to see more of him.

For the first time in fourty years I also got to hang out with my biological son Paul and his children, and their children (yep, that makes me a great granddad). He is a fun and standup guy, and his family are welcoming to Julia and me.

My brother Lawrie and my son Paul and my brother John in the white shirt

From a biological perspective I am a dad, granddad, and great granddad, which makes me both happy and sad all at the same time. Sad because I missed out on the experience of Paul growing up and raising his family and never meeting my other son Colin before his death. Happy because they are a great family and part of my life now.

As I said, this trip has been an emotional rollercoaster.


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