My time in England has given me a new perspective on a lot of things in my life. While I don’t have a great deal of time to just sit and reflect I have recently been thinking about those that are no longer with me. The family that supported me when I was younger and now continue to support from above. It seems odd to not be able to share this experience with them, but I know that they would be so proud of me today. So I would like to dedicate this post to them, and send them each a message to let them know how much they still mean to me. Obviously this is a bit different from my normal posts, but such is life.
Grandpa Norm, I know we never really met officially, but mom is always telling me how much I remind her of you. That she prayed for me to have your spunk and I can only hope that I’ve made you proud on this journey. I can’t imagine what my life would be like now if you had been in it longer, but I know that you are still here, even if I can’t see you.
Aunty Ruth, it’s only been about a year without you, but every time I have afternoon tea I can’t help but think back to when I was little. I wish I could call you and tell you that we got it right with out teatime and the British are pretty similar. Those tea times will always be something that I treasure and I am so thankful that I was able to share those moments with you. I know that you would be so proud and that you would be reading about all of my adventures since I’ve been here. You would fit right in here, always so classy and put together. I am definitely lucky I got some clothes from you for the more extravagant times I’ve had to dress up for since I’ve been here.
Eddie, it’s hard to put into words how I feel about you not being here anymore. You were gone before us kids really started the adventures in our life. Even though it’s been so long every time I have a milestone or new adventure I think about how I want to tell you. It’s strange to think that you’ve missed out on all the crazy parts of our journeys so far. I know that you would be so supportive of my time over here, probably convincing me to do all sorts of crazy things. You always told me to do what would make me happy and that I could do anything I set my mind to. Thank you for believing in me, and for teaching me how to play basketball correctly (even if I have forgotten most of it by now). I love and miss you endlessly.
Nanny, it’s been awhile. While I am sure you probably wouldn’t approve of my many piercings I know you are proud of how far I’ve come in life. You were always so supportive of us, and you looked great while doing it, and I miss you every day. I wish I could share my crazy adventures with you, I know you would love to hear the stories and memories I’ve made while I’ve been here.
To the friends that didn’t make it to this part of my journey, I hope you are all doing well (they aren’t dead don’t worry), and thank you. At one point or another you helped to support this dream of mine. I don’t think I could have done this without having people in my life that knew I could handle the changes. It has certainly been a time of change in my life, some negative and many positive. I can only hope that if the time is ever right that we can reconnect, and maybe exchange some of our own stories during the time we have spent apart.
Ryder, I can’t say I miss you as much as Harley does, but it does feel weird to only come home to one dog. I am sure that you have plenty of little pups to chase where you are though. You weren’t necessarily instrumental in my abroad process, but I miss you so much and think of you whenever I see another pit bull. Thanks for all the times you managed to walk me, those times make for great stories when I make new friends now.
Of course there are many more that have helped with my journey of getting to where I am now. I thank all of you and love you so much. This experience would have been so different without the amazing support system that I have been blessed with. I am so excited for this next few months to bring even more to my life and my growth. This has been everything I could have hoped for and more. The friends that have become family, the traveling, the connecting, all of it has helped me become an even better version of myself. I couldn’t be more grateful for the life that I have made, thank you.