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DISTANCE FAMILIES NEWS
When English isn’t your mother tongue and you live in a culture diverse from your own it’s important to work on meeting and making friends with locals, however, there’s still a need to find a community of your own people. Latin Stories Australia is a success story supporting Latino migrants in Australia. Like to learn more? Please join me on a Families in Global Transition, Australia and NZ Affiliate webinar with Latin Stories Australia Founder and Director, Trini Abascal. Click here for more information.
BOOK SERIES NEWS
Work on the final book in the Distance Families Book Series, Being a Distance Grandchild took a wee rest while I was travelling for two months. However, that didn’t mean its stories didn’t travel with me.
I was on a coach between Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest, Hungary and the Hungarian guide shared history about his country. He explained that the Hungarian language has Asiatic links and is unique. It has no links or similarities to its neighbouring Slavic languages. Only Hungarians speak Hungarian. Consequently, the language has limited practical use outside of its national home. Then the guide said something that immediately struck me… “we have to move abroad to learn languages”. That is the title I have already given in my book draft to a special Hungarian Distance Granddaughter’s story. Here it is...
Excerpt from the draft of Being a Distance Grandchild
Her maternal [Hungarian] grandmother was free-spirited and not the least concerned about what people thought. She rescued plants and animals. Her chaotic, cluttered home and garden felt like a circus to young Anna but she had a “magic touch” with anything that grew or moved. Fitting in and doing ‘normal’ things wasn’t for her. Others would sometimes disapprove. Cooking wasn’t important to her but she was famous for a couple of sweet dishes. “I still remember the taste of her filled doughnuts and apple pie. No one knew how she made them like her. It was her magic again. Even my other traditional grandmother couldn’t understand how her doughnut secret”. She had never travelled and spoke only Hungarian. Life was tough for her but she never complained.
There was a special connection for me when the guide spoke as it did. Being a Distance Grandchild will be published in 2024 (ish). For more info please click here.
ON THE HOME FRONT
‘Home’ since late November to mid-January has not been New Zealand. Hubby and I have experienced one of the most MEGA trips of a lifetime – close on 8 weeks away in the Northern Hemisphere winter.
We visited with family in five locations: Edinburgh, Exeter, Wiltshire, London and Chicago. Separately we enjoyed a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, experienced many Christmas markets, explored in snow, ice and temperatures as low as -24C – all amazing experiences. Unique times were spent with our older U.K. grandchildren (21 – 24 years). During all this our 7th grandchild was born in Chicago and we had a few days of grandparent cuddles enroute to home.
We had to occasionally dig-deep as we navigated 60+ flight hours, moved from place-to-place, household to household all the while sleeping in 10 different beds and travelling through 11 countries. When you visit family overseas, I can vouch for the fact that some trips are good, and some trips are extra special. This one was, without a doubt, in the extra special category. We are most grateful we managed to make it happen.
I also admit it was glorious to walk in the door of home and immediately put on a sundress!
Take care until next time
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