my dad grew up in australia and set sail for canada in his early 20's. he and my mom met on a ship that was headed off to europe, fell in love, and married. after a few years of living in canada, wisconson, and minnesota (my mom's home town) , my parents relocated to australia. over a span of 15 years in australia, they managed to adopt 4 children, have 2 more, and then decided to move back to the states. that is when i was born and then my sister, clare.
i never met my australian grandmother. i remember talking to her on the phone and not understanding what she was saying with her accent so strong. she lived into her 90's and was encouraged by my dad to write an autobiography. she titled it, "memories of a lifetime". as a tribute to my dad's death, i wanted to share a poem that she wrote to him, i am assuming after one of his visits back to australia. until i reread it last night, i never realized the loss that she had in her heart all of the years that he was away living in america. this is something that i share with her in spirit now.
To David - November, 1986
By Doris Christian
So now you have been and gone,
My dear beloved eldest son.
You brought us joy and laughter,
That we will remember ever after.
We shared again the stories told,
Of boyhood pranks you did unfold.
It seemed you had never been away,
As we all thought of yesterday.
Sometimes I think it cannot be,
That you are far across the sea.
For I see your face, and hear your voice,
Which always makes my heart rejoice.
I do thank God for all the joys
You brought to me as little boys.
For all your youthful, happy days,
Before you went your separate ways.
Though now you live lives of your own,
We will always remember joys we have known.
Memories will always be
A source of joy and pleasure to me.