By JO ABI
I remember my mum struggling when I was little. We lived on a large property, she was isolated and my dad was pretty specific about how he wanted our household run.
Now that I’m a mother myself, I admire her strength in having coped and raising us so well under the circumstances.
Fast-forward 20 years and I don’t know how I’d survive without her help with my children. For someone who had hardly any help raising her four children she embraced the role of being a grandmother wholeheartedly. She’s also my best friend.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by The Aerogard Great Gran and Grampout. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
I asked her if it’s better being a grandmother or mother and before I had even finished the sentence she yelled out, “Grandmother”.
When I invited her to join us at the Aerogard Grampout on Cockatoo Island in Sydney she was pretty excited. Nobody in my family had ever camped before. My parents are both Italian and my dad in particular struggled with the idea of voluntarily sleeping outdoors when he fought all his life to put a roof over his family’s head.
He barely suppressed several eye-rolls as we ran around packing. As you can see from this photo we are total novices…we pretty much just shoved things in bags. Still, we were excited and so were the kids.
The next day when it came time to leave we almost started crying. Mum and I loved it. We bloody loved it. Less than an hour on a river cat ferry and we had arrived. The smell of Aerogard hit me immediately and brought back a million childhood memories. . I was outdoors all the time when I was little. What happened? When did I forget to play in the dirt, feel the grass and gaze at the stars?
My son already had a swollen arm from a mozzie bite so I opened up the free sample and covered both kids in Aerogard. Then, it was time for fun.
Here is the list of activities we joined in that weekend: