They say watch what you wish for. Well for many of us, ourselves included, are all in the same boat - and it's a huge one too. Bigger than any luxury liner that has ever ventured into St. John's harbour. I'm talking about the fact that many or most of our children have grown and left home, and Newfoundland altogether, just to find work and a life as grown children.We all have, or know of, some parents whose homes are now empty because their children are grown and gone away to live like a lot of us did way back when. Those grown children are living somewhere else, mostly Canada but some as far away as the United States, and we can't see or spend time with them as often as we'd like. As if that's not bad enough they find someone to love, settle down, and bring a child or children into this world, making us grandparents in the process. It's so hard when we can't see our grown children as much as we'd like, but it's so much harder when we can't watch our grandchildren grow up. But that's life and not much we can do about it ... or is there?
One lady from here has 3 girls, all living between here and La Scie, and one son living in Ontario. All her children have grandchildren and she, like all other grandparents, is very proud of her grandchildren. This lady was asked by her son some time over the summer what she wanted for her birthday which was Aug 24.
She replied "I would love something that I don't think you can really give me."
"Well," he says "tell me see what I can do."
She then told him she would love to have her two granddaughters home for her birthday. What a nice birthday gift. Her son's reply was simply "well Mom, I don't know about that," and it seems the story was dropped there. Or so Mom thought.
With Aug 24 fast approaching, this lady was told by her three daughters living around home that they were taking her to a restaurant in La Scie, since they always celebrate all their birthdays together - mom with her 3 girls in their turn.
On her special day her husband took her into her daughter's home who lives here in Shoe Cove, and she was surprised with a Hawaiian birthday party, hosted by her 3 girls. The home was all decorated Hawaiian style - even the lamps had deocr related to that theme. I guess they didn't think their mom was surprised enough as it was, with so many family and friends present, so they blindfolded her.
The blindfold was for her biggest surprise of all, and when taken off who was standing in front of her, but her two precious grandchildren and daughter in law from Ontario. She couldn't believe her eyes and thought they were playing tricks on her, but quickly learned through the tears and fright that they were really there for her special day.
It seems when her son asked her what she wanted for her birthday he came through with it and sent his two daughters, ages 7 & 2.5, and wife, home for his Mom's special day. The only ones in on this secret were his youngest sister and their Dad. I was told that they told their Dad, for they didn't want him to have a heart attack, but like the lady said, they didn't care about her having a heart attack.
The two other sisters and their families had no idea about the surprise either, until they arrived at their youngest sisters home in Shoe Cove for their mom's party! Needless to say, everyone had a wonderful time at the Birthday party and for almost a couple weeks after, and they all enjoyed their holiday home. Wishes do come true, right Nanny?
I have another story about a wish come true, but that's for a later time.
I have to make a correction in my selection from the last write up. I had a phone call from some one who says she reads every piece of News from the Shoe. I was elated that she said that, and also that I stand to be corrected.
I stated that heart surgery and other major surgeries can be done in St John's, yet a baby, a normal part of a woman's life, cannot be born in NL if they are in a high risk category.
All heart surgeries cannot be done in NL, I agree, for the lady's daughter who is a teenager now, has had two heart surgeries, one when she was only days old, another when she was only a little girl, and another one coming up in 2011 from the looks of it now.
This girl had her first surgery only days old out in Halifax, and her second one in Toronto a couple years later, if I am correct. It's just that time flies so fast.
So I stand to be corrected, for I was only making a point of how many major surgeries can be done in St John's, while a woman cannot have a baby there. She understood my point, but I wanted to make it clear that not all heart surgeries can be done in St John's.
That's the kind of feedback I can take, for then I know people do read my column. If you read this week, then you will know I want you to come on back next time and see what else is New from the Shoe.