We've spent the past month travelling with my family and it has been an amazing experience, not always easy but always worth it. Mark and I had a total of 9 people meet up with us - my Mum and Dad; my three brothers, Chris, James & Oliver; Chris' girlfriend Jess; my Aunty and Uncle; and another Aunty. This is an open letter to them all after we travelled through Rome, Bratislava, Prague, Ancona, Venice, Tuscany and Sorrento.
Growing up I used to think we were normal and it's not since I've gotten older that I've realised we are not normal at all. It's like when they say "if you don't know who your annoying co-worker is, then you're the annoying co-worker". Well that's us, we are that crazy family you see out in public that can show up anywhere and just take over but not always in a good way. The past month stirred a range of different emotions in me.
You made me so happy. You travelled so far to see Mark and I. Of course I know you didn't come just for us but the fact that you came because of us meant the world to me.
You made me laugh to the point it hurt and I made ugly snorting sounds.
You angered me when I watched you treat each other badly.
You reminded me of our old life by talking to us about life back at home.
You frustrated me because there were so many of you and it was so hard to make everyone happy.
You made me cry, both in good ways and bad.
I loved being able to watch your faces as you experienced things I had already experienced.
I loved having you there with Mark and me when we went to a new city and were able to experience it for the first time.
I loved being able to split taxi costs, which meant splurging on a taxi wasn’t as bad, as normal.
I loved watching you meet your relatives for the first time and getting to know them.
I hope your trip away was everything you imagined it to be. A month away is a long time but I hope it was worth it. It was worth it for me.
Dad, I’ll never forget listening to you talk to all of your family in Italian, smiling the whole time while learning things about your family you never knew.
Mum, I’ll never forget the smile you had on your face as you watched your family walk through unknown cities in foreign countries. You were watching us, but I was watching you.
R, S & J, I'll never forget the heated debates and intense discussions we had after dinner some nights, the laughter and tears that came from them.
Mum, R & J, I'll never forget the typical 'mum' comments that were made throughout the whole trip, giving us ammunition to laugh and to tease you about.
Boys & Jess, I’ll never forget being able to hang out with you like we did at home, laughing at each other and with each other.
I'm not sure when I will see you all again but it's ok because this holiday with you will stay with me forever. Thank you for giving that to me.
And now to Mark, I’ll never forget what you did for my family and me. Thank you isn’t enough but it’s a start.
All my love,
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