My mother is moving. Well, what's up with that you might say. I suppose not too much except she's moving from a tiny town in the wilds of Western Australia to another small town i the Rhineland-Palatinate area of Germany.
She is 71+ and her spouse is over 80. They are picking up, lock stock and barrel (and maybe the dog - that's a bit up in the air).... to go follow their bliss and indulge in a little more adventure while they can.
I'm crossing my fingers and hoping all goes well as this giant step was in part prompted by a conversation that I had with my Mother some 18 months ago now, when she was having a case of itchy feet, bored with her sewing circles, craft groups and craving new things, new places and some new challenge and I in a moment of "brilliance" (or will it later be construed as madness?) said to her - well why not move to Germany? (Not such a mad idea as her husband is German.)
Well one thing led to another. An 8 week vacation over there last year determined that this mad idea might in fact work and now.... tickets are booked, the packing people come next week and they will be off early next month to settle into their new little house that is ready and waiting for them.
What is even more amazing is that much of the work and preparation for this fantastic endeavour has been undertaken by my Mother - OVER the Internet if you can believe that! And this accomplished by someone who not too long ago could barely use her computer for little more than checking mail.
As you can imagine, there has been much eyeball rolling and nay-saying from the sidelines from various friends and family about this move, folk who can't imagine why they would possibly do THIS kind of THING at THEIR AGE....
I on the other hand am proud and pleased for them, for having the courage to seize their dream and making every effort they can to see it come to pass.
And of course I am looking forward to being able to visit in Germany! So much closer than Australia!!!
Are you ever too old to follow your Bliss???