Along with so much of the guilt and worry I go through as a mom, one of my biggest sadnesses is that you don’t have a big family of doting people to envelop you in hugs, love and chocolate treats. You do have rad aunts and uncles, many of whom don’t live in SA or aren’t even of legal age yet, and you pretty much only have one grandparent who can not only babysit (and does babysit), but who can be a role model and functional family member.
I grew up going to my granny and grandpa, and granny and aunts every respective weekend, and I was all the better for it. I got treats, I got love, I got stimulation and I got to have fun away from home. And some of my favourite memories are made up of those relationships – of park visits, of bedtime stories, of Marmite toast, of devoted and unconditional love.
I wish you had that, and I often feel kak that you are not surrounded by it more often here, and that we don’t have a huge support system here to add value to your life. But I swear Max, we will make up for it and are making up that love tenfold, and are filling whatever void there might be with our own hearts and energy. And down the line, I’m sure more people, friends and pets will come into your life to contribute love, fun and visits to the zoo.
I look forward to cultivating our own definition of family, and to give you more and more. I hope it’s enough…
Love you so much
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