Living Arrows – 29/52

I have wanted the three of you to meet for so long.

Yesterday the stars aligned.  She was in London.  I was able to take a day off of work. 

I had promised her dinosaurs and alpaca in Crystal Palace Park but when the time came, could no longer navigate my way around this place of my childhood.  So we sat on the grass in the shade, and the woman who has shaped so many of my views surrounding motherhood finally met you, the children who made me a mother.

She lives one walk, two trains, a plane, a bus, a ferry and a taxi ride away, so I doubt that you will see much of her as you grow up.  I hope though, that the time that you do spend together will influence you as much as they have influenced me.  I hope that you will drive with her down small, twisty roads in the middle of the night, because someone somewhere has been arrested and his three pit bulls are in his car, and you need to get them to safety before the sun rises and they roast.  I hope that she will remind you to tread over the ants, because they too have tiny little lives.  I hope that the three of you will have one hundred conversations exploring all of the possibilities of the universe, that she will teach you to speak Greek, that through ‘her’ island and her farm you will discover a sense of freedom unavailable to you in London.

She is your auntie.  She is the family that we have chosen, the bonus family.  She bought you a t-shirt that says that she loves you, and made soap that will be gentle on your skin.  She held you and marvelled at how big you are, these babies that have until now existed only in her head and in rushed and infrequent telephone conversations.  She spoke to you in her language and you laughed, showing your pink gums, and spoke to her in yours.

One walk, two trains, a plane, a bus, a ferry and a taxi ride away, your extra family are thinking of you. 

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8 Comments

  1. C
    July 24, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    The kind of family you choose.
    What an incredible journey she took to meet your babies.
    A gorgeous image.
    It’s interesting to see how this woman is holding B. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone except you or K holding the twins; she must be truly very special.

    “I hope that the three of you will have one hundred conversations exploring all of the possibilities of the universe…” Such beautiful words.

  2. July 24, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    This is lovely. Love knows no boundaries when it comes to distance.

  3. July 24, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Oh what a very special auntie – she sounds like an amazing woman and it’s always fun to introduce the people that are really special to you to your children isn’t it 🙂

  4. July 24, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely day and a much longed for time together. She sounds wonderful x

  5. July 25, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Oh gosh Amber, I feel completely overcome with emotion reading these words as I am sure you were writing them down.

    I am so delighted that the twins have finally got the chance to meet someone who is obviously such a special person and huge influence in your life.

    Just gorgeous xx

  6. July 26, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I love the extra moments of love that come when we spend time with our extended family. Beautifully captured! #LivingArrows

  7. July 27, 2015 / 12:27 am

    That’s so beautiful 🙂

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