Over 50s Lifestyle

I cannot imagine….

January 25, 2021
I cannot imagine...

This week’s writing prompt for #lifethisweek, was Cannot. At first, I wasn’t really sure what to write but then after reading my friend, Deb from Deb’s World post, I was inspired and the prompt was so obvious! So here is a very short post of what I cannot image…

I cannot imagine…….

I cannot imagine My life without my darling grandsons who bring endless joy and learning to me. The Summer School holidays are coming to an end and during the last 6 weeks I’ve enjoyed several outings with my grandsons. It is amazing what little things they notice that perhaps as adults we take for granted.

I am also so very grateful that where I live, COVID has eased and I am able to enjoy time with my family in-real-life, rather than via FaceTime or Zoom.

We’ve visited and had fun in the water and ate ice cream at the Wynnum Water Park.

We’ve swam at the beach, climbed and explored rainforests with a waterfall and a temple at Southbank Parklands. I cannot believe we have such a beautiful oasis in the centre of Brisbane City.

We’ve visited Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and saw sleepy koalas, fed kangaroos, seen emus, wombats, water dragons, lizards and other wildlife.

We’ve discovered creatures in the garden including a grasshopper which Ethan christened ‘Hoppy’ (very creative LOL 🙂 ) and amazed at the creative beauty of spiders spinning their webs.

All of these activities I would probably not have experienced without these two cuties who teach me to slow down and enjoy the moment each time I’m with them.

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  • Reply Vanessa January 25, 2021 at 09:56

    SouthBank is such a nice place to visit – I don’t go often enough!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 14:08

      It is so lovely Vanessa. I run through there most Saturdays and just enjoy the surroundings.

  • Reply Erica/Erika January 25, 2021 at 10:13

    I do get it, Sue. When I read your title, tears immediately formed and “I cannot imagine….”. “…endless joy and learning…” sums it up well. I greatly enjoy the photos you share of you and your grandsons on social media throughout the week. Feel good moments. ❤️ You are absolutely right how we likely would not participate and take in certain activities, unless we are with the children. You also hit home how we want to leave a safe, beautiful planet/home for our grandchildren. A beautiful post, Sue.xx❤️

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 14:09

      I’m so lucky to be near the boys and without restriction at the moment. They are such an important part of my life and I’m always learning from them. Thank you for your lovely comments and I too enjoy seeing your grandchildren. They are all so special, aren’t they? xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 25, 2021 at 11:15

    Grandkids are just the BEST aren’t they Sue? We’ve just babysat ours for the last few days – joy, exhaustion, laughter, silliness, chatter, and so many lovely moments spent enjoying each other – which is exactly the way grandparenting should be. Your boys are just delightful and I’m so glad you had all those lovely times together recently.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 14:11

      They sure are Leanne and I saw your little ones trying out your scooter! Fun times. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 25, 2021 at 12:38

    Thanks so much so for allowing me to enjoy your grandchildren, if only for a short time. I miss mine so much it hurts. It’s been 14 months now since I’ve seen them. There are family complications so I only get to talk to them occasionally. Fingers crossed that changes soon. I love your graphics. They say it all

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 14:06

      I feel for you Jen and sometimes don’t want to share my joy because I know others are hurting because they can’t have the same luxury of seeing their grandchildren as freely as I do. I’m glad that you found some enjoyment from my post. Fingers crossed you will be experiencing the same joy IRL very soon. xx

  • Reply Deborah Cook January 25, 2021 at 13:08

    I just commented to Deb that I feel bad for my mum that she’s only got the one granddaughter as she and my dad were devoted grandparents and had so much love to give. But I guess she also knew of friends who somehow become daily carers for their grandkids and it stopped them being able to do things they wanted to do so I guess there’s some happy medium isn’t there?!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 14:05

      Hi Deb, there is always a happy medium and I agree sometimes grandparents are placed in positions where it becomes a chore. I’m fortunate not to be in that situation. I also want to be involved with my grandsons because I didn’t have grandparents growing up and my children only had my Mum until Rachel was 4.

  • Reply Donna Connolly January 25, 2021 at 14:41

    Hi, Sue – I love, love, love this post and your photos. Your grandchildren ooze love. Sheer joy and happiness can be seen in all of your smiles.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:19

      Thank you Donna, they just make me feel so good! x

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle January 25, 2021 at 14:51

    Hi Sue, you’ve had some lovely outings with your grandsons and created some lifelong memories for them and yourself. I hope that one day I will have grandchildren to enjoy because I know I will love them immensely and gain so much joy from spending time with them. Love your photos too – what cuties! BTW – Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary holds so many childhood memories for me. We lived very close by to it and so visited a lot. I also worked there for a short time as a teenager in the cafe. And of course, I took my own children there on occasion. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:20

      We did have some great times during these school holidays Min and I’m very grateful I am fit and healthy enough to enjoy spending time with them. I’m also grateful that COVID restrictions have eased so I can see the boys weekly. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 25, 2021 at 19:11

    This has been a lovely read Sue, I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. It’s so nice to see you out enjoying this special time with your beautiful grandsons. Thanks also for the mention, I wasn’t quite sure what to write about but the idea just came to me! I love those types of posts and when others enjoy them as well, it makes it even more worthwhile. I’ve been to Lone Pine too, many years ago, great memories and your quotes are just perfect!! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:21

      I’d never visited Lone Pine until I took Ethan and couple of years ago. It is wonderful being able to share new experiences with them. Thanks for the idea for the prompt too! xx

  • Reply Anne Fraser January 26, 2021 at 04:09

    I loved your post. It has been three months since I saw my grandchildren because of lockdown and I know they are feeling lonely not being able to see their school friends. Real life meetings and hugs are important.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:22

      Oh I feel for you Anne and do feel so grateful that restrictions have eased in my part of the world. It has certainly been a strain on adults and children alike, hasn’t it? Sending love and hugs to you and your family. x

  • Reply Judith Pratt-Jefferies January 26, 2021 at 05:17

    Sue You are so lucky to be able to return to these experiences once more. It is obvious they are even more precious to you now. I agree with you, children and nature give us opportunities to really understand the smallest but most valuable lessons in life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:23

      Hi Judith, I am very lucky on so many levels and am making the most of building loving relationships with my darling boys. Thanks for stopping by to visit and have a great week. x

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins January 26, 2021 at 06:20

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been a bit missing, but read the blog regularly. So glad that you CAN see your grandchildren! Unfortunately I CANNOT. It’s a huge cannot. You are, indeed, fortunate to be able to get back to a more normal life. Not so here…hoping the vaccine will remedy that, but Dan and I are too young (just barely) to actually get it. So here we sit. Isolation is hard.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:25

      Hi Nancy, so lovely to hear from you! I hope you have been keeping well and I’m sorry you haven’t been able to see your grandchildren. I am very grateful to have had restrictions lifted but I don’t take that for granted. Oh I’m surprised about the vaccine as in Australia they are rolling it out in phases and most of the population will have access to it. Sending my love and hugs to you and it again so lovely to hear from you. Take care xx

  • Reply Toni Pike January 26, 2021 at 08:15

    A lovely post, Sue – grandkids are so wonderful. Toni x

  • Reply Michele Somerville January 27, 2021 at 00:50

    Lovely is the word, wonderful pictures, so glad you could do this. And it gives me hope that some normalcy can come. So much to still get through with new strains, and here in the US so many people buck restrictions and get angry, totally missing the “Love your Neighbor as Yourself” idea of mask wearing and social distancing. But there is hope! Thanks and blessings, Michele

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:19

      Thank you Michele, I am indeed very lucky and can’t imagine how difficult it is right now for those who are still living with restrictions. Sending love and prayers. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan January 27, 2021 at 17:54

    I am glad you found the prompt a starting point for this post. It is the best fun having time with young grandchildren and seeing the world through their eyes.

    We did this as grandparents for 7 of our 8 grandchildren. One was born once we had left Sydney. I try, as I can, to give her extra special time and chats to catch up.

    The relationship we have with our grandchildren was exemplified when they all came to the 2 separate family lunches we had for our recent Golden Wedding Anniversary.

    Thank you for linking up this week for #lifethisweek. Great to see you and your blog here! Next week it’s about #sharingoursnaps and that’s an optional prompt. Join in each week for a friendly connection in a great community on-line. I am very grateful to you all. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2021 at 09:17

      Hi Denyse, yes Deb’s post gave me the idea and it was the perfect way to answer your prompt. My children didn’t really have grandparents growing up and neither did I as they had all passed away. I’m making the most of being a Nan to my beautiful grandsons as long as I can. Congratulations on your Golden Wedding Anniverary and it would have been so lovely have not one but two family celebrations. x

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan February 5, 2021 at 12:28

    So glad to see some rare photos of your darling boys. I am sure they have enjoyed the time with you as much as you have enjoyed the time with them. Thankful that the virus has eased some and life feels a little more normal. I am sooo ready for that. I want to be able to kiss my babies!!
    We have had 75*F/23*C days this week so it is beginning to feel like spring. But worried it is a cruel joke and that winter will return before spring is really back for good. A new water park was built 3 miles from my home but never opened last year because of… you guessed it, Covid. Daydreaming of being able to go with my grands this summer.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2021 at 17:09

      Hi Leslie, I’m happy to have been able to link up with you. I had such a great time with my boys and they are growing so fast. I am very lucky we don’t have restrictions at the moment but that could easily change! Take care and hopefully life will get easier for you soon. xx

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