NaBloPoMo June 2012

The NaBloPoMo June 2012 prompt for the day asks ‘What is something you jumped into recently?‘ I think of something to write about and then ask José to suggest something too. He comes up with exactly what I was thinking of –  my recent experience of jumping back into the past.

I had the opportunity re-visit the past last month when we joined my family on a holiday to Wellington in the Niligiris mountains of South India. Thirty eight years ago our family – my Dad, Mum, two brothers and I had lived there for six months and they were a beautiful memory for me. Dad was in the Army and was posted there in 1974 and we went along. The rest of the family have re-visited in the last few years, but I haven’t been since June 1974. This time we were accompanied by my sister-in-law, niece, nephew and José. Dad keeps his Army contacts and we had a fantastic trip with visits to the establishment he commanded. Sheer nostalgia. I would have loved to have visited the house we stayed in too, but that would have meant imposing on the present occupants and we didn’t want to do that.

While it certainly is a beautiful place to re-visit, much of the charm for me was the memories of one of the happiest times in my life – a Dad who had just come back from the war, the whole family together, the sheer beauty of Nature, the pomp and splendor of the Army, road trips, fishing trips – it was a sheer delight for an eight year old girl.

Re-visiting with my family made it all the more special: “Do you remember this?” “Where is that?” “I don’t remember this from back then.” “How things have changed.” “How beautiful it all remains.”  

Jumping back into the past resulted in another set of memories being made. I felt grateful for my family, for the shared memories, for everything we’ve enjoyed and continue to enjoy together.

What have you jumped into recently that brought you joy?

May you be inspired – every day!