Monday, 9 June 2014

the last supper

It has been a big weekend in Melbourne; Johanna turned 16, Rachel returned home from 4 months backpacking around Europe and we had our last meal together in our family home. And in between, Colin and I finished packing, distributing furniture, cleaning, spot painting marks on walls and met real estate agents (and tried hard not to snap at each other in the process!). To say it was hectic and tiring would be an understatement. But amidst all the busyness of doing were wonderful moments of just being….
…sitting in Grill’d (Johanna’s new favorite place to eat because she can get a vegan burger) and wondering how my baby suddenly turned 16 and feeling so proud of the wonderful young woman across the table from me…
…Watching my beautiful daughter try on dress after dress looking for just the right one for her semi-formal (and it was Colin who picked the winner off a rack and said ‘I like this one”, oh and we were very thankful that Myers provides seats right outside the change rooms so you can rest your weary legs)
…waiting in anticipation at the customs door with a “Welcome Home Rach” banner held aloft as our beloved traveller returned (at 1.30am – cheap fares!)…
…lots of hugging and sipping cups of tea in a cafĂ© at the arrivals hall in the wee hours of the morning, a happy family reunion with all 6 of us (it has been a long time since I’ve been up til 3.30am)…
…having one last meal together, a picnic on our lounge floor in our empty house, telling stories and sharing memories of 20 wonderful years in this place…
We did a lot of ‘stuff’ this long weekend and we did a lot of what really matters too – making memories with those you love.





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