The 26th of May is the anniversary of Marc’s arrival into our family. Twenty eight years ago, five months old, we welcomed him into our hearts and home. Where he has stayed ever since. As his birthday falls on Christmas Eve, when he was young we always held a homecoming birthday party for him so he didn’t miss out on celebrating. Now that he’s all grown up, we don’t do the party thing anymore.
I wanted to take a bit of a trip down memory lane this year so I dug around in the family photo box to put together a picture story. It will be a year of major transition in our family. You see, our baby boy is going to be leaving home soon. Big stuff for all of us. For Marc, it is exciting as he starts a new career path in the Airforce – and lives away from his family for the first time ever. For us as parents, we will be empty nesting. For Christopher, who joined our family six and a half years later as a two year old, it will mean adjusting to life at home without his brother being around. For Shalini, it will mean separation from her partner. She will continue to live with us for the time being. And for all of us of course, journeying and celebrating alongside Marc as he builds a new life for himself.
Because we were DINKS for fifteen years before Marc came along, our kids have grown up with two lots of cousins. From my side of the family, their cousins are older. From TRH’s side of the family, they are much closer in age to each other. This has not been the only distinction as the kids were growing up. Our extended family has been split by distance too, with the Tanskas living in Adelaide and the Pokelas scattered across Australia. That meant our family holidays were usually spent visiting family who lived elsewhere. Lots of road trips as it was a cheaper way to travel then, although time consuming given the distances.
After Marc finished high school he was keen to go into the army but that didn’t work out and he ended up with a career in retail. However, his heart has always been elsewhere. Late last year he decided to try for the Airforce. To his delight, he has been accepted and will be starting on the 9th August.
We’re all excited for you, Marc, in this exciting new phase in your life.
Congratulations! Celebrations! And heaps of love !!
© Mum and Dad