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Water dragons in the rain

Adopt one today!

A little silliness with my daily dose of rain... And since it's green, and floating in a puddle of water, it seems to fit the weather... >.>

We had about 4 days of sunshine and warmth, and now we're back to cold and rain. >.< This is not shaping up to be a good summer... I'm *definitely* going to need that time out in Italy this year, just to soak up some warmth and sun.

19 more days before Cilli flies to Australia for her 5-month High School stay there. What a strange thought, not to see her for five months. True, we only see each other on the weekends and during school vacations, but still... She's really excited - I'm really conflicted. *gg* Of course I *wanted* her to do this - but now that it's happening, I'm turning into a real worry-wart. My baby, gone for five months... ;__; And when she comes back, she'll have grown, and matured, and turned 16, and probably become even more beautiful than she already is... *sigh*

I guess that's the destiny of parents - to have to let go at some point in time.

Thank the Gods that these days there's email and Skype and Facebook to keep in touch with each other. On the other hand, I remember when I was Au Pair in Paris, writing long, long letters to my folks, and always looking forward to getting the same. It was special, somehow.

*is contemplative*

It's the weather. It's making me think...


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Jun. 15th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Once upon a time, I used to write pages long letters to friends and family, all the time. I even maintained a couple of penpals for awhile. I'm out of practice now. I can usually manage to eke out a page, sometimes two depending on who Im writing and what subject matter might be acceptable.

Man, I can't imagine not seeing either of my children for 5 months... and they're both grown ups! Experience new and adventurous things, yes, but... 5 months! *clings to you* You'll have to fly out there sometime in October or November for a LONG weekend. *nods* It'll be summer there, then. And while you're in the neighborhood... ;)

I think we're having the same sort of weather along this latitude line... a handful of sunny days, then rain like crazy for several. It's been rather an odd June. I'm not complaining, because here we get humidity with our heat, and I hate humidity.

Jun. 15th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Me, too! I had penpals all over the place. But then life happened, and somehow those got lost. And these days I have so much on my plate, I don't even manage proper Email conversations anymore... *sigh*

Yes! 5 months! >.> That's going to be soooo long! I wish I *could* visit her. But right now my bank account is definitely telling me something else... We already mobilized the entire family so that we could afford to send Cilli on this High School thing. *sigh*

The weather is abyssmal this year! If we have one or two days of sunshine it's like we're suddenly in another dimension. Everyone immediately breaks out their lawn-mowers and the whole village is full of lawn mowing and wood sawing and other outdoor activities. >.> But I'm getting *very* sick of rain and cold. I mean, it's the middle of *June*, by all the Gods! We *should* be heading into summer! Instead, it feels like we're still stuck in early spring. Even the flowers aren't blooming like they should...

I like humidity. It's good for my skin and my lungs. :)
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
It would be so cool if you could go to Australia to see her while she's there. It sounds like the kind of opportunity a lot of us would dream of having. I'm sure she'll be fine. Try not to worry too much.
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
It would, if my bank account wasn't so dismally empty at the moment. *sigh*

It's normal to worry. It's so *far* away... Ok, that *was* the reason why we chose Australia, but still...
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
What an awesome place to go and spend 5 months! I know when I left home the first time, my mom always called me and such, but she also sent letters and silly postcards. It was special and I've kept a lot of them!

Jun. 16th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
I wanted her to go somewhere where she can learn English, but also a place where she's not likely to just go to again anytime soon, to make the experience special. The UK is just around the corner - I can go there by car. The US isn't really that far - in terms of flying and cost - from here, either. So those are places where you can *always* get to, even on a whim. But Australia... ^___^

I will definitely try to make her stay there special. Even if the snailmail probably takes longer to get there than she's staying. :)

Jun. 16th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Awww. Well, you'll have Cloud to cuddle if you get lonely. :)

Zack: "Cilli is a cute name. Is it short for something?"
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
Ohhh... Yes, I'd love to have Cloud over to cuddle. :)

Yes, it's short for Cäcilia. The name has a bit of a tradition in our family. My grandmother was named so, and my middle name is also Cäcilia. But I only call her Cäcilia when there's a problem... >.>
Jun. 16th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Cloud: "Ooh, I like that."

Me too, lovely name. *thumbs up* Excellent choice. I get so happy when I find out that names I like have been given to kids. There's a baby named Annika in my building, I just went crazy-happy when I heard that. :)

Pronounced like "Cecilia"?
Jun. 17th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
She has two names, actually. Cäcilia Meraude. We wanted a German name, for this side of the family, and one that English speaking people could pronounce, in case she runs into the American side of the family. :) And the tradition played a part in the choosing, too. :) *And* the fact that it's not a common first name. Actually, it's a very *old* name, but not a fashionable one. Which means you won't have five kids jump up in class when the name is called.

The pronounciation is a bit difficult, because the "ä" is not as wide as an "e", it's like an "e" but letting your jaw drop down when you're saying it, instead of smiling. :)
Jun. 18th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I like them both! And very well-chosen. Here, Cecilia/Cäcilia is an old-fashioned name, and those are popular, but so much that a lot of people are walking around with them. And look, plenty of vowels. :)

Oh, so you've got an American side of your family? Awesome. I've got some German ancestry, so maybe we're distant cousins or something.
Jun. 18th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Old fashioned names are popular? Oh! Not here. When you see an obituary for a "Cäcilia" in the newspaper, you can be sure that it's for an elderly, or rather *old* person. Because it used to be a popular name in my grandmother's time... Not now, though.

Yes, my stepfather is American. :) So we've got family on that side, too. Mostly in Virginia.

Who knows? I think if you go back far enough, we surely are!

Jun. 16th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh wow... I have to give you credit, I would be a blithering MESS if my kid was getting ready to go someplace that far away for that long. O__O
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Well, I confess that I *am* getting a bit nervous, the closer the date approaches... >.>

I had *wanted* her to be far enough away so that she couldn't just have Mama come flying to the rescue with any old problem. But it's just starting to sink in that Australia is *quite* far away... >.>
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
I don't know that I coulda done it. >_>
Jun. 20th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
Now that the date is actually approaching, it *is* getting harder.

*deep breath*

But she'll be better for the experience. And it's good for her future to have done something like this. Our young people *need* global experiences to make it in an increasingly global environment.
Jun. 16th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Gosh, you are going to miss her, but you are conversant with things like Skype. Imagine if there was no internet like in days of old. (I've never done anything with actual talking over the computer, although this new one has the built in camera and such.)

She should love Australia - it looks amazing, almost like stepping back in time to another world in some places. The independence will do her a world of good too. She'll get stronger, and, yes, your baby is growing up but you are going to be so proud because you gave her a wonderful foundation to build upon and she is making the most of it.

It's raining here too and the prediction for the next 10 days is more and more. Has rarely stopped for weeks and weeks and believe me, I keep checking. Still need to get the roof repaired that was damaged this past winter and haven't heard a peep from the contractors who are supposed to do the job. The insurance money is in the bank and it takes a concerted effort not to spend a bit here and there. If I do that, it won't be there when they finally show up with tools in hand.

Jun. 16th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Hey! Hi there! Good to hear from you again!

Yes, we'll be skyping a lot, I think. Provided she has the time for her dear old mother... ;P I still remember the times of letters and postcards...

We have friends there and so she won't be *totally* on her own. Also, the program that she's going over to Australia with, is supposed to be more or less at her beck and call, so I'm not *too* worried. Just the normal mother-kinds of worry. I also hope that the trip there takes a bit of an edge off her currently *very* pubertarian behaviour.

It's not only raining, it's *cold* >.< That's the disadvantage of being close to the Alps. When we get a period of rain that's longer than a day or so, then the temperatures drop significantly. Usually down into the 10s of Centigrade... Which is quite cool. >.< And it's grey. And raining. And grey. And cold.


I really look forward to my stay in Italy this year!

Jun. 18th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
*hugs tightly* awww my darling, I'm sorry to see you down... é_è My italian editor tells me everytime I have some emotional issues, to jump into the work like a mad to not think too much!
I know it's a bad suggestion, indeed I cannot concentrate on job in these moments, but I'm an emo freak/idiot, maybe you'll feel better doing that because you're not like me, luckily!
Long letters are wonderful, you can say a lot of things you cannot say in person. With letters you can succeed to know more deeply one person, even the most close you have can be discovered and deepened more! It could be a positive thing!
My dearest, she'll be faraway but you can go to visit her! Please think about that, and to see Australia it could be an amazing relaxing period for you! To evade it's important and it fills you with new creativity! <3
She's an amazing little lady, amazing as her mom is! You'll see how much you'll be proud of her, more of how much you already are! <3<3<3
I know I'm more than a ghost lately, but please if you need something, anything, ask me! I'll be pleased to do something for you, my dearest! <3<3<3
Jun. 18th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)

Good to see you on LJ again! Well, I survive. I always do. There are just moments where it's a *little* bit more difficult than in others...

I've decided to re-arrange my schedule so that I'll be doing my writing and other creative work in the morning, instead of later. That accomodates my business partner better and I think it will make it easier for me to get into the groove of things... :)

I'm definitely going to be writing long letters to her. I was thinking of already writing one now and sending it off before she leaves, so that she'll have it when she arrives. Wouldn't she be surprised? :)

Right now our finances won't allow me to fly to Australia. I'll be coming to Italy again, instead. :)

I'm sure she'll do fine! And I think this time away from home will help her move on in her personal development. Still... it's so far and so long... ;__;

Thank you love! *HUGHUGHUG*

You've already done so much for me. Just seeing you post here cheers me up! :)

Love to the family, please? Oh, and Oskar's still doing *just* fine. :)
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