19.2.12

Some Sad News

Today was a very relaxing day, I discovered and quickly became obsessed with Pinterest, I had dinner with my boyfriend and we were watching a movie when my dad called. And he did not have good news. Sadly my very beloved grandpa had passed away. I didn't quite understand it at first because my dad talked in present time so I said can I speak with him but my dad said he is gone. So to say it's been a rough few hours would be an understatement. It is very hard to be on the other side of the world when something like this happens. You feel guilt, sadness and there is a strong sense of hindsightness. I should have known. There is also that feeling of this can't be true and because I am not there it just doesn't feel real.
My Farfar (Grandpa)
I have now booked my flights, am doing laundry (which my kind boyfriend is hanging up) and drinking wine. Itunes is on shuffle and just knows to play the right songs. I will go home tomorrow night and stay for 10 nights. I also managed to snap up a room at an airport hotel in Oslo for my last night in Norway for next to nothing because I work for the same hotel chain. My flight back to Sydney is at 6am so the less I have to travel in the morning the better it is. I will also be stopping over in Abu Dhabi on the way so I am looking into booking into an Ethiad lounge so that I can have a shower and freshen up.

I have a long to do list for tomorrow: I have to pack, call the big boss to sort out my shifts whilst I am gone, go in to work and make sure everything is sorted, fill in a few forms, charge my Norwegian mobile, create an airplane playlist, print all my tickets and also try and relax. A long flight is very straining on the body so it's important to relax and be well-hydrated before the flight. If you couldn't tell by now I prefer to focus on the practical things because it's easier... I also have to pick out a nice and comfortable airplane outfit. The weather forecast in my hometown shows minus degrees so it will be nice and cold. Luckily I have lots of warm clothes at home so I won't have to pack too much.

I realise that things like these are never timed well but it is what it is. My birthday is next Saturday and I have obviously cancelled the drinks, our Christmas staff party is on Friday which I also can't go to of course. Lucky I am a late planner so I hadn't got my costume yet. I just want to go and be with my family.

One of my lovely friends told me that I now have another angel looking over my shoulder which I take great comfort in. It is so true but it doesn't make it any easier.

xxxx

14 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry for your loss. I never know what to say at times like this, so please know that you are in my thoughts and I'm sending you big, warm hugs. xx

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  2. I'm very sorry to hear such sad news. Fly home to the bosom of your family's love and take heart. Celebrate a life lived and mourn a life lost. Thinking of you x

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  3. I'm very sorry for your loss Ingrid. It sounds like he had a lovely life with a lovely close family. I hope you travel safely and you will be in my thoughts over the next ten days as you farewell your grandpa in the loving company of your family. Take care x

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  4. Sorry to hear about your grandpa Ingy.
    Hope you're ok!

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  5. I am so sorry to hear that, hun...I agree with your friend, you now have an extra angel looking over you! I don't think anyone really ever leaves us as long as we carry love for them in our heart!

    Hope you have a good flight and a restful time with your family. Sending lots of love your way...Stay safe! xoxoxo

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  6. Sorry for your loss Ingrid it really is so hard being so far from home when things like this occur. Wishing you well with your journey home and whilst you are there. Cherish all of your wonderful memories with your Grandpa which will always be in your heart no matter where in the world you are. x

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  7. Thank you Jimmy Lou, he is definitely around but it is just so sad xx

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  8. Thanks MM, he was watching over me for sure. It is great being home but there is a void we can all feel. Xxxx

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  9. Thank you Alison, it is so very sad and it was hard being so far away. I am now home and feel so comforted by being around family. I hope you are well too xx

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  10. Hi Kim-Marie, that's what we are planning on doing, as hard as it is. The memorial is today and the funeral is on Friday. It is just so so sad. I was a very lucky girl to have him as my grandpa xx

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  11. Thank you Sonia, you are lovely. I really appreciate the support xx

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  12. Hope you're doing much better hun...thinking of you.
    xx

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