What are you thankful for this week?
I’ve been a little bit homesick lately. We’ve planned a New Zealand holiday for the Xmas holidays but to the North Island, not the Mainland (or South Island as it is otherwise known). I’m really excited about this trip, but I only get to catch up with one bro and my mother and her husband. Most of my family live in Christchurch.
The two year anniversary of the first big earthquake that changed Christchurch forever more was this week, and I got some sad news that my Granddad has recently taken a turn for the worse. My big bro (I’m the eldest but he is the eldest brother) has just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and is soon to become a step-granddad for the second time.
Plus, I just miss my dad and my bros and my grandparents and my lovely little nieces.
I miss Christchurch too. I’ve been putting off a visit because I’ve been worried about aftershocks and further earthquakes. But I have to be honest. I’ve been employing delaying tactics because I just can’t bear to see my beautiful city all beaten up and desecrated.
The lovely Welshman did some research and booked Boyo and me some cheap tickets and a hire car, and we’re off for a flying visit to Christchurch next week. We fly in on Friday afternoon, and leave Monday afternoon, but it is more than enough time to give everyone a jolly good squeeze and hug and kiss and just breathe them in.
We will not do much else other than drive, sit around chatting, drinking tea and eating, eating, eating, but that is just exactly what my soul requires right now.
Boyo is beside himself. Not only does he get two days off school, but he gets to see some of his favourite people in the world. It is so sweet to see him so excited about seeing his grandpa and uncles and cousins.
On Thankful Thursday, I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for the chance to say hello before we have to say goodbye. I’m thankful for husbands who recognise that homesickness needs to be cured with a couple of plane tickets.
What are you thankful for this Thankful Thursday?