Tibo’s seeking grandparents
"GRANDPARENTS wanted. I'm looking for elderly people with open hearts who would like to share their love, time and care with my three-year-old joyful son."
This advertisement for "adopted grandparents" was placed on a Byron Shire community notice-board by Agnieszka Swiatlowska, who moved to the area with her partner and their son Tibo in January.
Agnieszka so values the role of the extended family that she wants to find some in her new home for Tibo, including a nan, pop and perhaps even aunties and uncles.
"There's a gentleness that comes with elderly people and a different way of doing things," she says.
"Even though Tibo's blood grandparents are in Poland, he can connect with people here."
The Ocean Shores resident moved to Australia from her native Poland seven years ago.
After stints in Victoria and Queensland she has settled in Byron Shire, drawn, she says, by both its beauty and strong sense of community.
She says she has a good record at attracting trustworthy people into her family's life.
Living on the Sunshine Coast, she and Tibo formed a strong bond with "grandmother" Phyllis who they remain in contact with.
"I don't live in fear. I absolutely trust that I'll attract the right person.
"Tibo is a very cheerful and happy boy.
"He loves swimming in the ocean, playing in the sand, climbing trees, riding his bike, fishing and running.
"He also makes music."