This past week has been both busy and gippy-up. We set off to stay over at Ayr Caravan Club Site as our base for 2 nights. This was to give us the opportunity to go and see the Tinies at their special event of the year – the Dance Concert. They have been preparing for this for some time. James is in his first year and his big sister, Sarah is in her third year. Because they are still very young – 3 and 4, they both slot into the Tiny Tots class. Six dance items and six changes of costumes, entailed fancy footwork and patience from the helpers behind stage. The grandparents present (2 grandmas, 1 grandpa and 1 great-gran,) were privileged to sit out front in the packed auditorium and see the full show. It was exciting, the children ranged in age from 3 to 17 but they all had the same degree of enthusiasm and fun. When the littlest ones came on stage there was always an audible Ahhhhhh. The audience was vocal all through!
Thus you can imagine that it was a case of pacing myself to deal with all the noise and excitement. The dog had to be settled in the campervan on site and trusted to be In Charge. (She did very well.) And as the farewells and praises flowed all was well with my world. But….
I woke up at 2am with one of those horrid tummy bugs that strikes without warning. Don’t worry, I shall spare you the details; let’s just say it wasn’t over till the birds had long finished their dawn chorus. Never mind, all is well that ends well and being retired we were happily able to take an extra rest day enroute at Invereck Camp Site, Kilmun, by Dunoon. It turned out to be a quieter bet than Ayr, which is currently on the edge of a construction site for the new University of the West of Scotland. Unfortunately the Ayr campus is still being built and is nothing like the link here.
If this week has taught me anything, it is the importance to be prepared to take life as it comes. The opportunities for being with children and grandchildren are to be taken as and when they can, and ordinary activities can become a special event that sticks in the mind for years to come. I suppose it is about building memories for ourselves and for future generations. But more about that in tomorrow’s post.