I am hopelessly sentimental, idealistic and a lover of romance and love itself. This means I remember all sorts of dates which hold value to me. Today was a huge day, today is the 27th of April.
Today is my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. He wanted to take my mother to the Serengeti to see the migration of the animals. Last year we all went out for lunch and I gave them pretend medals for putting up with each other. He looks relatively healthy and normal in the photographs. It is a bittersweet day having them stay married for this lifetime and him passing just 4 months before. He should have had another decade at least. He was only 18 when he got married, just a boy. They had their ups and downs and drove each other batshit crazy like couples everywhere but my father loved my mother with that once in a lifetime great love. We came second, she was his number 1. My brave mom who misses him and is living out a whole new life, I just know he is super proud of his wife.
Freedom day in South Africa and a public holiday. We finally had our first post apartheid democratic election. We were hopeful and optimistic about change in our country. Sadly massive corruption, greed and inefficiency means poverty, violence and crime is worse than ever. Services are lacking in all spheres and the gift of freedom lacked the partner of responsibility it should have co-existed with. But, it is our rainbow nation and where we live and I love my dysfunctional crazy beautiful country.
The last night in my home. What a happy home this has been for all of us. We raised our children in this home and enjoyed them and and their many friends. We did so many alterations spending far too much money but it was perfect for us for a long time. I am sad to leave my home but excited for a fresh start. I so wish it was sold rather than rented out as I cannot have the closure I wanted but such is life. The thought of having to move again in a year's time is also a ballache but that's next year's problem. It is already nighttime and in 12 hours the movers arrive and it is chaotic. I worked so hard before I left but the 10 days I was away were not ideal and the girls did nothing so now it's rush, rush, rush. Even the painters are working through the night tonight as I had thought they were booked to do the job while I was away.
The date of my 1st kiss with Gary. 17 years ago in my driveway of my parent's house. A fleeting kiss due to my dad hovering at the top of the stairs. I felt 16 instead of 30. Who knew we would be together and parents of our beautiful girls and Daniel and our 4 dogs. We are partners in this life.
Koningsdag in Holland. The entire country dress up in orange and they have these festivals everywhere to celebrate their king Willem-Alexander's birthday. I am glad my mom gets to have the entire country celebrate her anniversary with her and the mood looks so fun. I am also so relieved my brother and his wife Lisa are spending the day with her as well as her sister and Derrick which would make my dad happy. He would have loved the crazy festivities of the day. It is a total bummer I had to fly back on the 24th but the move meant I had no other option.
So much emotion today and gratitude for the marriage of my parents and my beautiful home. I am crazy stressed and my jaw and mouth a 9.5 right now but it is what it is and I just have to wear my big panties for the week and do this big move. Next time I write will be in my new home in my new study looking out at my exquisite garden. I am also going to start a new blog...Singapore fling never ever happened. Six years have passed and so many things have changed. Right, time to carry on shoving shit in boxes. The careful sorting and packing is over now, it's crunch time!