Ahhhh … you know where we are, don’t you. Yes, Abby, Sacha and I have made the trek across the Gippsland and are spending a week with Mum in marvellous Merimbula. Oh how I do love this sweet seaside village. Only a few more years and our family will be moving up here. Until then … we will journey back and forth, spend lovely hours at our favourite spots, and soak up all the sunshine, salt and beautiful vistas we can. Day One … Bar Beach. We began our afternoon of bliss on the deck of the wee beachside cafe and shared the loveliest lunch … toasted leg ham and cheese sandwiches with homemade tomato chutney.
Then it was down to the water’s edge where the girls swam, frolicked and squealed, whilst Mum and I stretched out in the sun, our feet buried in the soft warm sand, our needlework and knitting on our laps …
Then, as the clouds uhmmed and ahhhed about whether or not they should crash down upon us, the girls decided that to stay in the water any longer would be to risk frost bite. There were sandcastles to be built and mermaids sculpted …
Oh how I laughed when I met the mermaid … it is a sandy representation of our stoic prime minister, Julia. Complete with this year’s new glasses, dangly earrings and pearls. And subtitles in case any passers by didn’t recognise her … and Oscar sweetie, look who’s cuddled up there with Ms. Julia … it’s your little travelling friend, Flat Stanley! He had such a lovely time at the beach – and even had a swim with the girls :-)
It’s such a funny thing … often I find myself lost in daydreams of our future life in the beautiful Bega Valley. I think of the new hospital being built that I hope to work in. I think of being close to Mum and being able to share so much more of her days. I wonder what Abby will pursue once she finishes school. I marvel at Julian’s big dreams. And I think, come on, come on, faster, faster, faster, finish this semester, move closer to the end of yet another year in Melbourne.
Then, I realise that I am wishing away these very days I have been blessed with right now. And I don’t want that. Yes, they are busy, sometimes stressful, money is often painfully tight ( ah, the joy of new tyres, car maintenance and repairs, and an electricity bill that all arrive in the same week), and frankly, I am getting to the point of being OVER studying … I want to be a real grownup with a job!
Because I also want to savour every moment of Abby’s childhood, especially now as it’s moving into its last years. I want to find and enjoy the loveliness of everyday. I want to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to grow and learn and build my skills.
So …. here I sit, making the most of this lovely week away. Chattering and giggling with Mum. Delighting in the antics of the girls. Filling my heart and eyes with the beauty around me. And tucking the dreams of what will come, away in my heart, knowing that they will arrive sooner than I can imagine.