Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 178


“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

Desmond Tutu

Thanks, Spidey.

After the particularly harrowing week we had with Pops, this quote couldn’t ring truer.

It’s always been a struggle being three hours away from my parents, being so emotionally close to them.

And it’s always been one of my biggest fears too, one of them falling ill, and me not being able to do anything, immediately. My brother being in another country doesn’t help either.

But here is where the beauty of having a large, close-knit family comes into play.

My parents have, over the years done SO MUCH for everyone, that when they are in need, there is no shortage of people offering their support.

Even so, not everyone can commit to a long term solution.

When Pops was ill, he stayed with his niece, my cousin.

Whilst I couldn’t come down, I was given regular updates on his health. Even after the major hospital stay, once I had to come home, I received calls and messages to let me know how he was.

When I came to spend days with him, I stayed with them too. No one wanted me to be alone at Pops and Mums place.

And now, since he needs a lot of rest and recuperation, they have taken him in again, until I can come down more long-term in the holidays.

I was with him again yesterday, and he’s tired… lots of well wishers on the phone and visitors, but he’s comfortable.

My cousin and her family are really looking after him.

They really are a gift from God to us.

Pray for his speedy recovery, Peeps.

Have a peaceful Sunday ❤

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rae Longest
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 01:00:36

    Praying DAILY.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Becky Ellis
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 13:12:28

    Praying for strength and recovery for your father and keeping you and your family in my prayers too.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. susieshy45
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 05:48:47

    Am so relieved to read your post. Was thinking of him and about how you wrote how small and frail he looked in the hospital bed.
    When does school close ?

    Liked by 1 person


    • Ritu
      Jul 16, 2018 @ 05:59:26

      Thanks Susie. We are all so relieved too.
      We break up next Tuesday. Still feels like an age away but yes that will be our finish day xxx

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      • susieshy45
        Jul 16, 2018 @ 06:18:17

        Oh Ritu, for someone who is so attached to family , I can so understand your pain. I live a continent away from my parents but every time they are ill, my heart skips beats.
        I hope your mum is ok and coping.

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      • Ritu
        Jul 16, 2018 @ 06:35:43

        She is sat in Finland with her new grandson but her mind is with Pops. Torn between two great needs. Her consolation is that Pops is in good hands until she is back xxx

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  4. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 17:56:48

    Glad you have such a kind, supportive family. Hope your pops is soon back to full health. Thinking about you, your dad and your family. xxx

    Liked by 1 person


  5. robbiecheadle
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 17:20:20

    You certainly have a lovely supportive family, Ritu.

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  6. scr4pl80
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 16:13:30

    Continuing good thoughts for you and the family. Remember to take care of yourself as well!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. syl65
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 16:04:28

    Thank God for the blessing of family unity. I’m glad all is going well Sister! 🙏🏾💜

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  8. Diana Frajman
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 15:35:11

    How blessed you and your pop are to have the love and support of a large family. It is truly a rare thing. I hope your dad has a speedy recovery.

    Liked by 1 person


  9. timeflieswhenyoureanxiousandselfmedicated
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 15:32:19

    Your cousin and family sound like a blessing. Best wishes for continued healing to your dad!

    Liked by 1 person


  10. mystories951891972
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 15:23:08

    God bless him

    Liked by 1 person


  11. rachaelstray
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 14:54:39

    I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers Ritu.

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Erika Kind
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 14:54:10

    I am so glad you are having this strong net around you. It is the awareness that the way the family is put together is for a reason and seeing the gift in everyone results in what you are finding as this love and support you have experienced. Also so glad, your Pops is comfortable. Everything else will follow.

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  13. floridaborne
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 14:44:14

    I lost my 2nd husband and my dad in less than 2 years, and my mom 7 years after that. It’s a hard adjustment. You get through it, but there is always something missing in your life after that.

    Spend as much time together as possible. Knowing that you did helps to heal your heart.

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  14. Darlene
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 12:48:53

    We have the same kind of family. I feel bad about being in Spain, with mom all the way in Canada, but so many family members stop in to see her and report back to me. I also Skype with her and other family members. Sometimes the distances don’t matter. Sending positive thoughts that your dear pops will be better soon. xo

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  15. Jim
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 12:24:07

    sending lots of well wishes and healing thoughts your way. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  16. willowdot21
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 12:17:06

    You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family it is always so comforting and helpful when they step up to the plate. Accept their help sis you must not run yourself into the ground.
    I shall be praying for you all , especially Pop.💜💜

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  17. April Munday
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 11:32:21

    Families can be wonderfully supportive. I’m glad yours is making your life a little easier.

    Liked by 1 person


  18. Kurian
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 10:41:35

    Wish him a speedy recovery Ritu. God bless

    Liked by 1 person


  19. lbeth1950
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 09:45:06

    I hope all goes well.

    Liked by 1 person


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