tick tock, tick tock …..
Where has the time gone ? It feels like only last week I arrived back in Australia to catch up with my family and take care of a few personal matters during a five week break. I must admit I did feel a bit guilty leaving South Africa for five weeks after only being there for three months, but the timing of this trip had been planned around the arrival on my ninth grandchild “June” and the need to take care of some business matters that needed to be attended to in early May. I had initially thought that five weeks was a bit generous and would probably be way too much time, but in the end it was probably just right with a crazy last week trying to get everything done.
The helter skelter drives up and down the Mornington Penisular to see little June for the first time and the mad dash flight to Sydney with Crissie and Ollie for an ecclesial reunion in the first week all seem long, long ago now as I pack the final items for my return flight to South Africa later today. Catching up with friends and family and an ecclesial study weekend at Blackburn have all contributed to a packed five weeks with a mad scamper this week to try and see the last of a few people I had still not caught up with during this trip.
The special amazing bonding that has been growing each day between Moses and myself is going to be very hard to leave. Each morning I am greeted by his beautiful smile as this gorgeous little boy greets me with his right hand raised to word “toot” which being interpreted means “friend / love” …. and when the left hand goes up in unison with the right … it means “pick me up and hug me” …….
My last night was spent with my kids and grandkids at a local restaurant with final farewells and hugs and this morning I do my final school run to drop Ollie & Max of at the school. Then it’s off to “Miss Frank” for lunch and the drive to the airport for South African flight to Durban via Perth and Johannesburg.
All aboard the South African express ……..