The support of my family has given me a constant feeling of security. Although two of my grandparents lived on the other side of the world in New Zealand, I have many wonderful memories of visits to them and of their visits to my home in Italy. After my grandmother died, my grandfather moved to Queensland in Australia, where he said the warmer winters suited him. This is the first time I have visited him here and I have to agree 100% about the winter weather. The relaxed seaside lifestyle is a welcome break from my busy school year that finished just over a week ago on July 14th.
My grandfather not only encourages me in my ambition to become a dancer, he also helps us with expenses each month with part of his war pension. He served with the New Zealand Army in Japan at the end of the second world war – adding a year to his age, so that he could join with his brothers, cousins and many of the previous generation of his family in the ANZAC forces, defending their country and the Commonwealth.
Grandpa Jim likes to support many good causes such as the RSPCA, Guide Dog Association and many more. He is passionate about the sea and wildlife – birds in particular. Until recently he was a keen photographer but, at age 85, failing eyesight has meant that he now enjoys to look at the work of others.
Yesterday, Grandpa paid for me to go on a Whale Watching trip. It was the most amazing day and such a special thing for me to experience. I will never forget the moment a Humpback whale approached our boat like a torpedo, diving beneath us at the last moment.
Thank you Grandpa, for all your support, but most of all for being my grandfather.