Friday, October 4, 2013

SUBURBAN STREETS, WINDING ROADS



Once a week, every week for the past 4 years my Dad has taken his grandchild/ren for a bike ride around suburban streets, gravel roads and winding pathways. With great excitement and a pocket full of loose change they set off in daggy clothing and ridiculous helmets, riding up big hills only to fly down them with the sea breeze in their hair and eyes and ears. 

They sing age old songs* about rainbows and daisies and all the things that poppa's gonna give you if that diamond ring won't shine. They sing them in unison and I suspect with a glorious disregard for melody, harmony and rhythm.

Their meanderings always lead them to the same place -The Fruit Barn. A tiny little roadside stall that sells essentials like bread, milk, almond croissants and ice creams. With a handful of coins the children make their selection - a bucket for Pip and The Most Expensive Ice Cream In The Freezer for Zeph.

A small collection of mismatched outdoor furniture provide a shady resting place where they sit a while, eating and chatting and preparing for the winding ride home.

On occasion Pip has fallen asleep whilst catching the sound of Pa's voice in one ear and the wooshing of passing cars in the other. 

Every Monday for the past 4 years my children have been lovingly indulged by my parents. Talking and playing and riding and creating - you know, all of the magical things that children do so effortlessly. 

Spending time, etching memories and filling their senses with the joy of childhood.






*My dad has even taken the time to learn the words to the 'fire man sam' song. Seriously, pausing and playing the DVD whilst writing out the words. 


46 comments:

  1. You are so blessed, Em x

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  2. Hi Em. I'm a relative new comer to your blog (found you through Pink Ronnie), and just wanted to pop in and let you know how much l am enjoying it. Beautiful post about your Dad and your kids spending time together. This is truly the stuff memories are made of. Take care xx

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    1. Hey Chrisy, thanks so much for your lovely comment :)

      Grandparents truly are the best, aren't they!


      xo em

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  3. that is such a touching post! How blessed we are to have such dads!! mine was the same! wonderful xxxx

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  4. my kids are blessed as well....their Pa takes them swimming once a week no matter what....Pa gets to wear the goggles that leak...Pa gets the wet towel...Pa waits patiently while lollies are chosen at the pool kiosk...Pa even drives the long way home so they can drive under the railway bridge. He has taught both my scallywags to swim as well as a trillion other life lessons that I will always be grateful for. our Pa`s rock!! x

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  5. Oh wow, this is truly amazing. What a wonderful blessing. Your kids and their grandies - LOVE!

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  6. Now I know why you are amazing, you have an amazing father! How wonderful for you and your children to have such a role model in their lives. Much love to your dad!

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  7. Oh, that just made tears spring to my eyes! How beautiful. What special, precious memories.

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  8. Awww....great story of love in action. You, your children and your parents are getting what life is all about. May it never end.

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  9. Truly a blessing in all your lives
    x

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  10. This sort of tradition is just beautiful. I love that your kids are able to spend time with your parents, but most of all that you don't take it for granted. I have friends whose dad took them to the saturday morning markets, then to the library each week. He passed away not long ago, and it was this very tradition that the grandkids missed the most.

    My lads are blessed with one set of grandparents in Melbourne, and each week they are taken to the park, and a special gift is left on their beds when they go there to visit. Ah, the power of a torch or a matchbox car!

    Beautiful post Em. x

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  11. They don't need much do they children? What do you mean daggy clothing, I think he scrubs up quite well for a trip to the Fruit Barn.

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  12. So cute. Makes me want my dad to move here so badly.

    P.S. Love that Fruit Barn. Maybe I'll catch them there one day, I'll be the lady holding up the line 'cause I can' decide if I'm gonna get the banana bread or not!

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  13. That is beautiful, so beautiful!

    I wish with all of my heart that my Dad was in Melbs, because he'd be this kind of grandparent :)

    Hold on tight, your folks are amazing! x

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  14. That is Beautiful,I love posts like this.So much joy for both the children and the Pop x Lisa Mckenzie

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  15. That is Beautiful,I love posts like this.So much joy for both the children and the Pop x Lisa Mckenzie

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  16. Grandpas are the best. My Grandpa always took us on such awesome adventures too. A beautiful post Em xx

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  17. So beautiful.
    I so wish my parents were closer...my dad has all the patience in the world and is the best grandfather for those few weeks of the year that he can be!

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  18. Your dad is a total legend and you are incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful involved family. I love that you know it, and that you notice and appreciate it. mel x

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  19. A touching post.....thanks for sharing...melts my heart!

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  20. Your Dad. One word. Awesome.
    You are very blessed. My children will never know my Dad, save in the stories I tell them and the photos they see. He died the year before I got married.
    Have a blissfilled weekend, em!
    Sheree x0x

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  21. Rock on beetleshack pa!
    I am speechless, for your children to have such a gorgeous pa, for your pa and how much he clearly adores his own daughter and grandchildren and for. The value he places on the most important thing ever...time but also Em, I am sooooo touched by how much you also appreciate, cherish and value what they do too.
    I feel as though many families just assume grandparents need to do and give without appreciating it.
    Bless you all and your rocking family values!

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  22. I am now crying, this is all I wish for and I know my kids would too but it can't be forced it has to be wanted from both sides and you are blessed, so, so blessed that your father wants nothing more...

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  23. What a beautiful post. I am always struck by the words you have for both your Mum and Dad. They seem like the nicest, most caring people. You're a lucky lady, and so are your children :)

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  24. That is so beautiful, Em. Seriously.
    Ronnie xo

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  25. I got a lump in my throat reading this. I can just picture him carefully writing the Fireman Sam song down. Your babies are so lucky xo

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  26. Can I please clone your parents?? Its not that I'm ungrateful for my own family but shew your parents --- WOW --- I want to be like them when I'm 'big'

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em