I'm sure most of you would agree that our families are really important to us!
I grew up with 4 brothers and sisters and keep regular contact although we are spread out. Getting all together on special occasions is really precious especially as the years go by. Having had what might be called a tumultuous start to life has created a strong bond between us. Dad had been our rock and will get some extra plugs in this and future posts!
Here is a picture taken on one of those rare occasions when we all managed to assemble at the one place, including my sister, Margaret in Australia. It was taken New Year's Eve at my brother, Vincent's place in Nelson which I posted on recently.
In April twelve years ago our family were preparing to congregate from around New Zealand and Australia and descend upon Dunedin! We were coming together to celebrate dad's 70th! The night before I left Wellington to fly down my next door neighbour asked if I had written a song for my dad for the occasion. I replied that I hadn't but since time was of the essence, promptly sat down and worked on it.
After about 30 minutes of reflecting and writing my poetic thoughts about what dad meant to me and the family, I excitedly approached the piano. After about another 30 minutes I had a tune and played it through a number of times. Feeling rather pleased with myself I rested easy in preparation for the trip hoping I had something special to present to dad!
On arriving in Dunedin and meeting up with my brothers and sisters I was delighted with their enthusiasm for my song. We practised it for several days and on the Saturday night at the conclusion of the celebrations, we all sang it for him as a special birthday surprise. It was quite an emotional performance that we proudly honoured him with.
Click below to listen to my song dedicated to my dad called Loving Heart! Some of you have heard it before.