Saturday, September 27, 2014
It was my mother's birthday on Monday 22 September - and to add to this, she passed away 10 years ago in Jan of this year - 10 Years! That's a long time, a very long memory - and yet she is not forgotten!
What to i remember about her?
What single enduring moment is etched in my mind?
If i had to choose the memory that has endured in my mind, it would be that she never gave up on me!
Not really astounding my any stretch of the imagination except that i was not the model son - i gave her (and my dad) such a hard time. I remember my dad saying to me, just as i was about to leave home to head to the South Island to attend Otago University: "You know boy, it's hard to keep my head up when i walk through town because of the things you have done!" That stuck with me for a long time after that - but at the time, I just laughed because i just did not know what it was like for my parents, neither did i have any sense of responsibility to anyone or anything!
But my Mum never gave up on me (neither did my dad) - she always believed that i would come right and i would do good! or rather better that i was doing at the time with all the gifts and natural talents i had. She believed i would increase my talents and gifts - and i did. When i finally accepted responsibility for my life and for everything i did, i began to make my way forward. And i took my Mum with me.
And now, 10 years later, i reflect upon my relationship with my Mum - and i love her with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all the strength that i can muster.
What now for me?
Move to the next level and leave a legacy behind for my family to follow (and for my mum and dad to dine out on!)
Monday, October 25, 2010
Goal setting has been one of the constants in our family life over the past 10 years. It began as a simple family ritual to encourage communication; it now plays a major role in shaping the destiny & direction of my children. It is one of the primary tools I use to grow my children into great native trees; to become "agents of change".
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
- Driving around the island and visiting the beaches along the way - stunning scenery!
- Malasada from Leonards
- Pali Lookout!
- Learning an Hawaiian string figure from Kalani (Orion - Tautoru for us!)
- Meeting up with my cousin Aroha French at the PCC and watching the kapa haka group from home practice!
- The Planetarium at the Bishop: learning about the stars in the Northern Hemisphere
- The Ku display at the Bishop
- Kahanamoku (The Duke) on the strip & at the Bishop!
- Hawaain food from ONO!!
- The PCC, canoe pageant and the night show HA (fire-dancers are amazing!)
- The Samoan Village/Show - making fire!
- The SWAPMEET at Aloha Stadium
- Ala Moana Foodcourt and Mall!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Whanau came from all over the motu and from Australia to be there; the last time we were all together for such an occasion was when dad turned 60 - he was none too happy then - but this time, it seems that the years have mellowed him and he was absolutely thrilled to be among whanau.
Twenty years ago we had among us Aunties: - Whiungarangi, Hine, Haumoetahanga (Lotty), Rita and Wai - Uncle Moffit - the photos were stunning! - and the mokopuna were so young! (Have i forgotten anyone??)
Twenty years on only Aunty Wai is alive and the mokopuna have grown and increased in number!