To truly understand what happiness is, we need to experience unhappiness. The same for light/dark etc. You get my drift.
I’m not just sprouting that lightly. I really believe it. I’ve been through some incredibly difficult times, (as has everyone) and always emerge on the flip side stronger and with a greater understanding. It’s through facing diversity that we grow and I believe, appreciate what we have a lot more.
I would love to report that everything is perfect and that life could not be better. Sadly, that is not the case. My brave and incredibly patient Mother is battling to settle in Malta. She misses the familiarity of her old home but most of all, she misses my sister and the family. Mom finds herself lonely and longing for South Africa.
This has caused many arguments, frustration and a lot of tears. I finally put Mom on a plane and sent her ‘home’ for three months. I’m hoping with all my heart that she will return to Malta. That, however, is her journey and I will stand by her decision. Regardless.
It’s not all gloom and doom though. I’m feeling a lot more settled and my always-tight-but-close circle of friends is growing. I’m finding my way around without my GPS and can actually give a few directions! The language continues to frustrate the hell out of me but I find that I am recognising so many words now. I start lessons in October. Watch this space..
Liam had remarkable results at university and is about to start his next year mid-September. He is currently in Japan for a 2 month holiday. I don’t know who misses him more, Lemmy or me. I’m missing being bossed around, told where I can shop and where I can’t and the flow of information that comes from him.
Damien arrived back from South Africa this afternoon. I was treated to a few of my favourite things that we don’t get here. It’s so good to see him happy to be back here. He calls Malta ‘home’. That was a great feeling. So was drinking and eating some old favourites! hahaha
Our precious Lemmy is growing by the day. What an amazing little dog he is. He is testing my patience to the limit but I am smitten! He has slowly but surely shown us how a couch is made. He has pulled it apart piece by piece so that we can see. Quite an experience but not one I would like to go through again.
You know, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans! It’s been a busy year. A cheeky trip to Rome, a wedding I’m Italy, a new job and home, started studying and I still managed to stay sane!! My sons went travelling. My Mom is on a path-seeking holiday. Sucks to be the one sitting at home!!
As much as I am sad and disappointed that Mom is not here, I remain steadfast in my decision to move here. It doesn’t matter how challenging things can be. It has been through facing the hardships that I realise just how lucky I am. I just need to remain focused, leave the negativity behind and march onwards.. and upwards. As they say in the classics (the Afrikaans ones) – fok voorentoe! 😂