Bo and I have traveled a lot together. We took her first flight when she was ten weeks old and have traveled pretty much constantly since then. It’s always been just Bo and I on the plane. No helping hands, no entertainers… just us.
Today we are flying to Queensland to be met at the airport by a friend I’ve never met in real life. The internet is a funny beast isn’t it? This amazing woman (and her beautiful family) are practically family to me… and although we’ve shared some of the most incredibly joyful and unbelievably grief-filled moments of our lives with each other – we’ve never shared a glass of wine or the same space or a hug.
That will all change!
When I was pregnant I was alone. Both figuratively and literally. I was in remote Indonesia and I was lonely and scared and I totally unprepared. So, I spent hours trawling the very slow internet trying to find a community. And eventually, I did. I found a community of Australian mamas-to-be through a baby website, that then became a Facebook group and has evolved into some of the most important relationships of my adult life. I have talked about this virtual village before, at length. But today we are going to meet some of these beautiful mamas.And I couldn’t be more excited (or nervous!) about the whole thing.
Ni will also be in Noosa, competing in a surf competition. In fact, he has been in Australia for more than a week now doing a surf tour of the East Coast… I’m trying to find a quiet place in my mind to go to – to find the patience and the kindest part of my soul so that I can open myself up and give him a chance. Give him a chance to show me that every promise he has made is true. We’ll see. It won’t be easy for me but I’m very glad that Bo will get to see her dad. It’s been a long three months. And either way, I’m very glad I will be surrounded by new old-friends to support us.
Bo and I will head to Melbourne next week to curl up in the love and warmth and generosity of my favourite city in the WORLD. A place I called home before marriage, before babies, before I was who I am now… My university ctiy where i studied and partied and flirted with a thousand different lives before I packed my bags in search of adventure. I can barely contain my excitement… Melbourne is ACE.
I hope you all have a glorious weekend filled with laughter and inked in colour and joy.
I’m sure ours will be lovely, with beautiful friends and lots of kids and warm weather and swimming pools and beaches and wine and good food and all that good stuff.
Sending prayers to the weather gods to move that
Bring on the good times!