Some of the most memorable moments involved visiting Ian’s family. I’d heard so many good things about Ian‘s family already, that meeting them was like meeting people I already knew.
They were all lovely.
One afternoon, we spent awhile with Ian’s sister and nephew and the infamous Bouncer, their boxer, whom I thought seriously about stuffing in my bag. We admired the garden, the paintings on the wall done by his mother and talked about what we’d been doing since I’d arrived and jetlag and round-a-bouts.
I felt really at home and happy.
Btw, evidently, Fletch knows some sort of Crocodile Dundee move with dogs which calmed Bouncer down, after which he sat down at his feet.
Another afternoon, we visited Ian’s mom and step-dad. We went through family photos and we talked about various news-worthy items and had tea. I admired more art on the wall and the beautiful woodwork throughout the house.
Ian’s mum and I talked about making Ian’s tea (when I thought I’d messed it up, she said, “Tell him we both did it”.) 😀 We talked about what would keep Ian and I on the phone for 5 hours at a time, which we have done. And we talked about their trip to Florida ages ago.
I was touched that Ian’s mum sat right beside me and narrated all the family photos.
Ian’s step-dad is actually Polish. Actually *from* Poland, not a derivative of some distant relative from Poland. He’s a master builder and I saw some of his work in photographs, as well as around their house.
When we left, his mum and step-dad gave me a hug and kissed me on the cheek.
It was really nice. 🙂
Next trip, I hope to meet Ian’s dad and maybe some others… 🙂