Home at last!
I can honestly say I’ve never been happier to be home in my entire life.
I recently spent 10 days in VictoriaÂ visiting miscellaneous relatives and helping move my grandmother from temporary hospice accomodation into a secure nursing home. I don’t know how much ‘help’ I was as I wasn’t actually told by anyone that that’s what would be happening or that my father would be joining us. Both occurences severely increasing the stress of what was always going to be a difficult trip.
I came home with a horrid cold (16 days long and counting) and ended up with two and half weeks of annual leave that could not under any circumstances be called a ‘holiday’. I didn’t even get to see any snow let alone go skiing.
Due the nature of my grandmother’s new accomodation I was only able to visit my ‘Nan’ on a single occasion after she’d moved.Â The stress of having to leave her, essentially, ‘locked in’Â when we left was far too much for me (and my mother) to want to go through again. I can’t bring myself to contemplate how awful it must’ve been for her standing on the other side of the door knocking on it and calling out my name. My only consolation is that the next day she would likely not remember us visiting (or leaving).
The single highlight of the trip was meeting up with my fellow guildies at the Z Special 1st Birthday bash held at our GM’s home in Melbourne. It was also nice to catch up with some of my other relatives but nicest of all was coming home. As a friend of mine quoted to me shortly after my return “Never get outta the boat.” Good advice. It’ll definitely be a long while before I leave home again.