Children bring real joy to the home
Judy and I are visiting my brother in Canada. We have three generations all living together in a cottage. We are being smothered in generosity, food and love.
It is one thing to live in a beautiful home and enjoy the benefits it brings; but the real joy is when the building comes to life with the voices of its visitors.
We travelled for about two hours north of Toronto to my brother’s cottage on a lake.
He and Maureen have built a bit of heaven in the woods.
Their children and their grandchildren experience nature in all its glory – especially when the leaves change the whole range of autumnal colours at this time of year. One might imagine enjoying the peace and quiet of such space with only the loons (a local water bird) to interrupt you. But no! The true joy is when the grandchildren, all below six, disembarked from the boat and immediately began to enthusiastically explore the property and remind themselves of their special places. Lots of noise, lots of laughter.
This continued throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. And we weren’t excluded from the excitement as little hands grabbed ours and pulled us towards their special place.
At home it was out with the crayons, scissors and whatever they could get their hands on. It wasn’t long before the cottage had pictures stuck on the walls, and grand uncles and aunts (that’s us) were drawing hearts, cutting shapes and being fully involved. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought us.
It wasn’t long before the younger family were packing up and getting ready to leave . . . and then all of a sudden we had waved goodbye and it was just the four of us, and it was quiet and tidy, and it was heaven.
I think we enjoyed the quiet even more because of the energy of the children and because they had enthusiastically involved us in their activities and excitement.
The children had brought life to our home .. . and for a moment helped us forget that we might have a few aches and pains and are a little slower than we used to be. They reminded us how much fun it was to live life to the full.
I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences; please share them with me on 082-653-5643 or
. I look forward to hearing from you. Corinium Care will be hosting local seminars in the next two weeks.
The aim of the seminars is to explain to potential carers what the role entails. It’s also an opportunity to meet and thank some of the carers who have been with Corinium Care for many years.
The company said they were fantastic ambassadors for the caring profession.
The award-winning company is one of the leading care agencies in Britain. It has 17 staff and more than 800 registered carers providing care for people in their own homes. Its South Africa recruitment office is in the Eastern Cape.
The company’s two agents in SA – Lindy Wareing and Theresa Isaac – will be hosting the seminars.
“The people who join us from South Africa are hardworking, kind and compassionate. For many caring is a new career and a new start in life with a reliable source of income,” said Isaac.
Wareing started her Corinium career in the UK as a carer.
“I know how it feels to travel halfway across the world and face a whole new experience so I can tell potential carers what the job is like.”
Corinium’s carers from South Africa usually spend three to six months in the UK. All registered carers take part in Corinium Care’s free, award-winning, five-day training programme in the UK which includes personal care, dementia care, recognising signs of abuse, and moving and handling.
All who attend the seminars must have eligibility to work in the UK. For more information, contact Lindy Wareing on 046-675-1994 or e-mail