Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at
Home With My Sons
Firstly, I have to apologise for such a long time since I last posted but I have had a very hectic few months! I had planned to go over to England to visit my sons, family and friends for four weeks to include Christmas.
I arrived at the end of November, spent a few days with my mum and brothers and then went up to Suffolk where I had a great couple of weeks with my sons, James and Richard, as well as catching up with many of my girlfriends in the same county.
Then I had a call from my brother, Vincent, to say my mum had fallen over in the street and was in Casualty. I immediately went back down to Essex to find out mum had broken her wrist and shoulder. She had slipped over on a piece of tomato that had been discarded in the street! Of course, when you fall, you always put out your strongest hand, which of course, was her right hand and of course, she is right handed.
So, home she came with her wrist in a plaster but they can only strap your shoulder. She was in a lot of pain and really frustrated, as she was looking forward to me being there for Christmas and we had a lot planned. But she was happy because I changed my return flight to Turkey to be able to stay for another three weeks.
I was the good daughter, doing as much as I could for mum. The big problem was that mum had no internet in her home (Being 81 years old and not comfortable with that sort of technology). So every few days, when I could leave her for a couple of hours, I would rush over to my brother’s Mark to get on line. Mind you, I did read a lot of books!!
By the time I left, Mum was feeling much better and my nephew was between homes so he moved in with mum for a few weeks. Not only will she enjoy the company, it is also an extra pair of strong hands!
One amazing thing did happen while I was in England and that was that I had my first piece of editorial as Jo Tempest, so exciting. A double page centre spread in the weekend edition of the county newspaper (am trying to get a link to post on my blog soon).
I am sure lots of people who have not seen me for a long time were surprised to catch up on my life for the last few years. It was not going to be published before I came back to Turkey but due to my delay in leaving, I actually saw the article and it was so nicely written. Thank you Steven Russell. xx
What the trip back to England did confirm to me was that the support of family and friends is so precious and any time spent with them is equally as precious.