I left home at the young age of 19 and was the only member of the Watson family to venture overseas. In fact, I remember feeling quite “out of the family” because I didn’t want to settle down, get married, build a house and have babies. I wanted to live overseas, have lots of fun and adventures, and I did for nearly two years.
I traveled on my own to the UK via ship – a very old one, but a very cheap one. I was on the high seas for over five weeks and certainly earned my sea legs. During those weeks I met people for everywhere and wonderful friendships were formed.
Prior to leaving home, I had little to do with my family, except at the obligatory Christmas functions, weddings, 21sts and funerals. However, I now have to say thank goodness for technology.
Since joining Facebook, I have got to know my relatives, got to know their children and meet their children. And I met with most of them last weekend at the Watson family reunion in Adelaide.
When I returned from overseas at the age of 21, I settled in Sydney and although I traveled home regularly, I spent the majority of my time with my immediate family, my Mum, Dad and Brother, David.
During the weekend James, (my son) and I had dinner with My Aunt, her husband Garry and my Cousin Charmaine and her husband Garry. The age difference between us is probably no more than 6 months. They are in Sydney for two days before sailing off on a Pacific cruise.
We had such a wonderful night. We talked non stop about our adventures, our children, and our lives. It was very special to have my son there who shared his recent overseas adventures.
This would never have been, had we not developed a relationship on Facebook.