I like to keep my grandparents close. To have them be part of my day-to-day life. This isn’t that hard given that their ashes are buried beneath a couple of trees on our campsite, we live in their house and sleep in their old bedroom.
I also have my grandad’s old towelling dressing gown. The thing is, I am not a big wearer of dressing gowns although I do use it on mornings when it is my turn to get up and make the tea and cut the cake.
I have though found a fabulous new use for it and solved a problem of continuing to swim through the autumn. Once I am in the water, it is fine, but getting out, especially if there is a wind can be a chilly affair. Not any more.
I run out of the water and wrap myself in my grandad’s dressing gown – it dries me off and keeps me warm all in one.
This is from a swim earlier in the week. I swam in the secret pool (lovely but I worried about giant eels), in the sea (the tide was going out and the pull was too powerful so I got out), and in the lagoon (wonderful but I worried about jellyfish).
We also found a potential new secret pool in the making.
N.B. sitting in bed, drinking tea and eating cake is a continuation of a tradition that my grandma and grandad had – although they ate biscuits, not cake.
N.B. I have also reused the stones in my grandma’s engagement ring and made a new ring and also a belly bar with them so I keep her very close – yeah yeah times change and all that.
N.B. I am perfectly aware that I need to work on controlling my fear of imaginary (and not so imaginary) sea creatures!