Why I've Been Absent For The Past Week

Hi everyone, I just wanted to write this quick post to explain my sudden absence and the closing of all my online shops in the past week. I don't want to go into too much detail so forgive me if my style of writing is a bit stunted or abrupt.

A couple of weeks ago, I got the news that my Dad had a mild stroke whilst he was in Jamaica.  It seemed initially that he would pull through but then he steadily got worse until he passed away not long after that.  It was all quite sudden for me and before I knew it I was making arrangements for childcare and booking my flight to Jamaica so that I could attend my Dad's funeral and be with family there.  With my kids to look after, I didn't really have time to think about any of it until I got there.

So I've been in Jamaica since Thursday last week and it was a bittersweet trip.  It was great connecting with all my extended family, spending time with my sister and brothers but then we would remember why we were all gathered there and it would dampen our spirits a bit.  There was lots of laughter, crying, hugging, supporting, visiting and for a few days after the funeral, we all tried to come down off the emotional rollercoaster and relax a bit before we headed back to our lives in the UK.

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© Stacey-Ann Cole 2012, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

I got back home on Friday morning, reunited with my kids and my Mum but everything feels a bit unreal, like I've been away for longer than a week and everything I've come back to has changed whilst I haven't been here.  But really I think that it's me that's changed, my perspective and my values.  Certain things have become more important than others but I guess that's to be expected.

So there's my little summary and it was quite good to write it but now I must get on with things and play catch up!

I hope you all have been well and I look forward to connecting with you again in the coming weeks