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Connections

I am heading to Samoa tomorrow morning for a 12 day holiday with OH.  This will be a wonderful relaxing time which will allow us to reconnect to both our individual selves and to each other. 

The other reason I am going to Samoa is to reconnect with one of my family’s roots.  My father’s parents went to Samoa from New Zealand in the 1920’s for employment opportunities and had my dad and his sister while they were living there.  I have never been able to go before now but after he died my mother and some of my sisters scattered some of his ashes near the site where the coconut plantation he grew up on used to be.  To go to Samoa and see where my Dad grew up is always been one of the items on my ‘bucket list’ and I am finally getting to do it.

This last few months has been all about connections.  I have learnt which of my brain functions are still connecting correctly and which ones have a few loose wires.  My short term memory has proved to be the biggest problem especially trying to remember stuff for exams.  I have been understanding things as they are presented in lectures and been able to get good marks for the assignments when I have got the readings etc in front of me to interweave with my own words.  In an exam situation its quite different  I cannot remember in any detail the quotes, authors or theories to reguritate the way we are supposed to in an exam. 

I have made real connections with some of the lecture material on a ‘gut’ level and it has reinforced that social work is what I need to be doing with my life.

I have made real and close  connections with some of my classmates and authentic friendly connections with all the others in the class.

I have reconnected with a very dear old school friend and remembered how important my real friends are.  I have realised I have to make time to spend time with both the old and the new friends now I am at uni.

I have made connections in my mind and emotions with how I am going to move forward in my life.

And now that I have written this blog post I have to disconnect from my blog for the next two weeks – will have travelogue blogs when I come back.

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