Our last visitors departed this morning, to further their holiday through the Columbia Ice Fields and Ainesworth Hot Springs.
It has been an awesome August this year. Truly one for the books!
Finally, finally...I was able to connect with my daughter and her family once more. It felt as if I had pushed the envelope between visits...my goal is to see them every couple of months. This time, it wasn't possible. And I was greatly missing each and every one of them.
Bree is taller than I am, now. Her self-confidence grows each time I see her. Along with her friend Sabrina, they turned heads when they visited the City of Williams Lake. I saw more than one boy trip over his feet as his head swivelled on his shoulders, to watch the girls pass by! But Bree's loving energy never changes for me...she and I are as close as ever.
Our connection was strongly forged, throughout our bodies, a long time ago. Mere distance could never shake it.
And Graydon...ahhh, Graydon!
At sixteen months, he's walking and talking. He is fascinated with numbers, can spell out the letters of his name and knows what they spell, has an absolutely angelic personality, which brings joy to any person he comes into contact with. He recognized me almost immediately...he remembers my Chakra pendant and it connects us very quickly.
As I walked outside with him, showing him the lay of the land, I suddenly realized I had a grand son. He has male interests, now. It became definitive for me, since I had only seen him, before, as a baby. It was hard to differentiate between boys' and girls' behaviours at that point.
It was a grand feeling. I am about to join in this little boy's path in his life...he will have much to teach me about the male gender; I have only been associated with female energy, up to this point.
And I have much to learn. I scoffed at being told about the differences between boys and girls, convinced we were all the same, underneath it all. But I have to admit...the differences are there. First lesson.
It was lovely, in the cool of the evening on the deck, exchanging confidences and confessions with my girls...and strengthening our ties, making sure no frayed edges were left to disintegrate...re-bonding once again.
I swallowed hard, when I watched them leave...even with a heat wave, with temperatures soaring to 40C, and a hoard of Ants who decided to seek moisture and invaded the house from the Forest...I was proud of the way the family pulled together, in times when the atmosphere was less than clement.
There was little time to mourn their leaving, although I did take some time to release tearful, sad energy. Guests from Scotland were expected shortly. Linens were washed, the vacuum cleaner hummed and the dust and Ant bodies flew...
The heat wave abated somewhat during Jim and Jane's visit. I enjoyed listening to the Scottish brogue and colloquialisms...and absorbing a different cultural view. I am already looking forward to plans made for next summer...and perhaps a visit to the UK in the near future, where ties will continue to be strengthened.
And then our friends from the US arrived. We spent days just chatting around the table on the deck. We watched Hawk circle above us for an entire afternoon. We moseyed around the area, seeing the Hoodoos at Farwell Canyon.
The weather had broken entirely, and the days were warm, sunny and windy. We talked, laughed and ate ourselves silly. It was the quintessential ending to a wonderful holiday.
Now, with the weather definitely showing true signs of Autumn...this morning there are signs of a Frost...I feel the urge to continue the renovations to the House and Land. I feel newly charged, newly energized, very open to new possibilities to enter my life.
It's time to ready ourselves for our first experience living through a Cariboo Winter.
I find it truly amazing what a holiday which includes old friends and family will do!