When I was growing up I lived in a fairly small town in close proximity to both sets of my grandparents, my great-grandmother (Ouma) and my great grandfather (Pop).
I had an amazing childhood, smattered with unhappy things (things that still shaped who I am today), but surrounded by aunts, cousins and grandparents who totally loved me and who I loved.
When I entered my youth my family moved countries and since that time we have not lived near any relatives. In a way this bonded my immediate family more to one another, but I am sad that I grew up not really knowing many of my cousins.
Lately, since my introduction to facebook and blogging I have become better acquainted with one of my cousins who I did not really know growing up. Partially we were separated by age, but more by geography.
I have TOTALLY loved the time over the past few months getting to know her through her writing and wanted to give a shout out to her.
So Lisa.... It has been my pleasure getting to know you more! I am excited to continue to get to know you and grow in our familial friendship. Keep blogging!