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We're Back!!!

July 20, 2018

 

After seven weeks in the UK, Christine and I are back.

 

We had an absolute amazing time with family and friends. Even the weather was amazing, which came as a complete surprise and caused a wardrobe failure on my part!

 

We enjoyed another one of our ‘Multi-Generational Family Holidays,’ Grandparents, Parents and Grandchildren all holidaying together. Apparently multi-generational travel is currently the fastest growing trend in tourism.  No group spends more and stays longer than multi-generational travellers. This group spreads the word about their plans and experiences via social media faster and more frequently than any other set of travellers.

 

Our holiday was divided into two halves. The first half was spent in England the second half in Scotland. We drove more than five thousand kilometres, from Torquay on the southern end of England to Fort William in the northern part of Scotland.

We walked an average of eight kilometres a day as we stepped back into familiar places from our childhood days and into unfamiliar places seeped in history. Together we walked on top of ancient city walls with origins in Roman occupation and had family picnics in ruined Monasteries and Abbeys.

 

Traveling in a three-car convoy we drove along narrow village streets and occasionally single-lane country roads. The landscapes ranged from beautiful to absolutely stunning! 

Actives ranged from ‘Sight Seeing’ and ‘Souvenir Hunting’ to  ‘Mountain Biking’ and ‘Polar Bearing’ (a very early morning plunge into a very cold Scottish river).

Fortunately all activities were optional.

 

By far, the best part of the whole experience was the fact that it was a joint experience - we did it together. Our immediate family, all eleven of us, were together again, not only in the same country but the same house!  We not only got to see where Neal, Nino, Una and Bram now live, we got to live with them. We got to see them in their new context and experience that context together, if only for a brief moment. If their move to Scotland becomes permanent, the rest of the family will adapt to that change.

 

Adapting to change is an essential part of functional family life. 

 

Adapting to change is an essential part of functional family life. There’s an old adage that rings true: ‘Adapt or die.’ Ok, die is a strong word. Maybe “adapt or die trying” is more appropriate.

 

Families face a number of common challenges. Children get older. Adults switch jobs or retire. Families move to different communities. Older family members move closer and need care. Birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, sickness, and death all reshape families.

 

The families who are most successful in coping with change share leadership roles among parents and children. They adapt relationships and family rules when needs arise. 

 

A good marriage consists of two people who are constantly adapting to life’s changing circumstances.  When a couple decide to become a family their skills in adaptation are really put to the test.

 

My extended family (Church) must adapt to the changes that are taking place in the world today or die trying. It’s that simple. Come to think about it, “To Die trying” isn’t a bad way to go.

 

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday,

 

Until then, God bless and guide you.

 

Orrell

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