If you are a fan of the Wizard of Oz, you’re probably shaking your head & thinking, what the heck is she talking about? Shouldn’t that title read, Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My?
Well yes is should. Particularly if your name is Dorothy & you find yourself venturing down the yellow brick road with a scarecrow, a tin man & a dog named Toto.
Well, aside from that fact the The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favourite movies, I am not Dorothy, but in my world, this title makes perfect sense.
Let me explain.
For some time, my daughter & I have dreamed of planning a trip to Africa together. We have discussed various ways in which we saw this happening, but to date, finances & time have been our greatest challenge in making this dream a reality.
Until a few weeks ago.
Just when I thought this particular dream was off the table this year, my daughter sent me a message, advising she had just received a well deserved raise. High fives all around!
This, in & of itself, was cause for celebration.
But it was the next text that followed that had me kicking up my ruby-red slippers.
” Africa, here we come”
Never one to shy away from turning opportunity into reality, once confirming she wasn’t kidding, our planning kicked in to overdrive. After much juggling of itineraries, we are making this dream a reality, scheduled to head out on an incredible adventure together late this summer.
How freaking lucky am I?
A. That I get to go on this incredible adventure
B. That I get to share this time with my daughter
So that explains the lions & tigers, but what about the babies?
As if the excitement of going to Africa weren’t enough to having me skipping down the yellow brick road, I have some even more exciting news to share.
Our son & daughter-in-law are embarking on the amazing journey of becoming parents which, of course, means we are going to be grandparents 🤗😄 My heart is absolutely bursting as we anticipate the arrival of this precious new life.
There are few things in life that compare to holding your child in your arms for the very first time, recognizing that you had a hand in creating this beautiful new being. I have it on good authority that becoming a grandmother is this feeling, multiplied by a cazillion!
I CAN’T WAIT!
The whole premise of this blog began as a way of sharing the ups & downs of Life After 50. Some days life is just hard, but most days there is so much joy to be had. Somehow, as we age, I think recognizing that joy gets easier, for there is much to be celebrated.
Dreams really do come true! 💛
Have a wonderful weekend! Watch out for flying monkeys!