Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Coastal celebrations

A much-loved niece’s wedding in an exotic location (well, as exotic as Australia gets) took me away from the real world for a while. I remember her sister’s wedding (also much-loved, in my much-loved exotic Thailand) three years ago. I felt a little pang at seeing the joy in my sister’s face as her daughter got married, but it wasn’t as bad as I had feared, because I actually felt so happy for my niece and for my sister. This time I felt no pangs at all. I felt secure in my role as aunt, and maybe because this time my other sister was able to go too, I didn’t feel isolated at all, rather I felt part of a loving extended family, all there to celebrate this so very happy occasion.

The fact that we were doing all this on the beach in the Queensland made it easier. We were focused on the sun, sand, and surf, the fun we were all having – and being from New Zealand, we complained (some more than others) about the heat. My status as a childless woman was irrelevant. I was another family member there to love and support my nieces, and to get to know further my delightful great-nephew, and to swim with my littlest niece, Charlie. It just wasn’t an issue.

We then escaped further south, to hippy central Byron Bay, where we didn’t feel childless. Just old!


Queensland's Gold Coast

7 comments:

  1. This sounds absolutely beautiful. So glad you got to celebrate this happy occasion surrounded by your family.

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  2. I am very glad that your childlessness was irrelevant and that you had a lovely time.
    I am so jealous - you were in Byron Bay! I was there for few days, 15 years ago, alone. I enjoyed walking along the ocean for miles. I hope to go there one day again.

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  3. Gorgeous! I'm so glad that you had a great time!

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  4. The Ocean at the Gold Coast is definitely warmer than it is near wellington! But my first thought was- I wish I could have met you- I am just up the road in Brisbane!

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  5. My nephews are all still pretty young, so I have time to prepare for weddings. Except I'm sure I'll learn there really is no way to prepare for something that big.

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  6. Glad you had a good time! :) (Our nephew is getting married in October 2016 -- yikes!)

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  7. "My status as a childless woman was irrelevant." Ohhhhh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE this line! I'm glad you had a chance to gather with your family and have a great time!

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