Last Saturday I attended a family event. About one hundred and fifty people gathered together to celebrate being children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of my mother and father. My parents are both dead, but we met to honor their memory and their sacrifice to rear us, their ten children.
It was because of their example I had endurance to have fourteen children of my own. My father was a farmer. The land produced crops and fed animals. I remember my father walking across a field scattering corn seed with a fiddle. He did not have the modern machinery that ploughs up the ground, prepares it for the seed and then sows the seed all in a few days.
He arose early every morning to milk cows, “twenty four seven”. My mother and father shared the work. Mummy supplemented the income by rearing hens and selling the eggs. As we their children grew up we helped with the work. My parents educated all their ten children.
The event last week was a focus for some of my own children to return from far away to join the celebrations. My son David called me two weeks before to tell me he was thinking of coming over from Canada to be there. It would be an occasion when he and Jacquelyn could introduce their baby daughter Ava, now eight months to his brothers and sisters and extended family. I was delighted and encouraged him to come.
God blessed his plans. He was able to book flights that were affordable even at short notice and within the time frame of days he could get off work. I met them at Dublin airport. One year ago exactly Brendan and I stood in Dublin airport and waved goodbye to David and Jacquelyn as they left Ireland to settle in Canada. They returned to these shores of Ireland last Thursday! It was a day of joy! They were with us for five full days.
Baby Ava met and played with her cousins, got nursed and shared around to willing arms to hold her. David hung out with his brothers and sisters. Jacquelyn met up with friends.
David and Jacquelyn are adjusting well to being young parents. They lovingly care for Ava. . Last evening I found one of Ava’s bottles. I shed a few tears. I was missing David and his family. I miss Jacquelyn up early in the kitchen preparing bottles of milk for Ava. I miss my grandchild playing around on the floor. I miss my son David.
But I have joy in knowing he is starting out in life to look after his own family.
Like my father and my husband he will be an excellent provider and protector for Jacquelyn and Ava. Brendan and I got to see our grandchild Ava.
Grandchildren are the crown and glory of the aged. Proverbs 17 v 6
We will see her again.