Keeping up with grandkids

My wife booked a week off this week. She had asked if I would kindly spend some time with her and reduce my diary a little. 

While I can’t reduce it to zero calls and meetings, I did clear some of the week up and we have been spending a lovely time together having a Staycation in Kaslo, our home town. 

When we moved from Peachland, I did suggest if we get a nice home in a lovely place the children will always want to visit.

Here I am writing this with my eldest son and his wife here for a few days with their newborn and our other delightful granddaughter, Aoife, who is a constant source of fun and energy on her own vacation with us.

Add in to the mix a rampantly enthusiastic young pitbull that can move trees to join in the fun — even if he isn’t invited — and you have a recipe for an energy sapping vacation.

We have survived till Thursday and frankly we haven’t travelled very far, but it does put some context in to how my wife found the energy to raise our family when I was busy with businesses.

I take relief from the fact that an Olympic athlete has a hard time keeping up with a two-year-old child, so who am I to complain?

Just to top the relaxing week off, I decided to enter the 20-kilometre mountain bike ride in Kaslo, Ididaride.

Not sure why, but I have asked for close support from paramedics at the end, perhaps an infusion of oxygen and water will get me revved up for the new week. 

Retirement (which I am not) does seem to be a rather far-fetched myth when I look at how my schedule became booked up this week after attempting to clear my calendar... oh, well, soldier on.

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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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