It started a few years ago, a screenshot to capture the special moment, opposite sides of the world.
I've lost count now, it's become the norm, and it's only sunk in recently.
It seems to have crept up on me slowly...
The realisation that you’ll never be able to take a last minute coffee,
pop over for dinner,
or enjoy a long comforting hug.
The realisation that your future children will never grow up playing together.
The realisation that the only way you can all be together is if you cherish your vacation time, and coordinate so everyone can get at least 2 weeks together...not always an easy task when you’re dealing with multiple countries!
July 2017, all spread out around the world.
I’ve simply had to accept the fact that none of us will ever agree on one country to all settle in.
However, with acceptance comes comfort, maybe we all have different destinies, life has a different plan for us all.
So here we are are, on our way to Cambridge, my mum and sister by my side,
Their faces not in a phone,
Not in an ipad,
Not in a computer,
But physically there, next to me.
Soaking up the realisation, a warm sense of gratitude filled by body.
What I once took for granted, I now cherish with every inch of my being.
To physically be able to spend time with them, and not through a screen, was honestly the best birthday gift.
No longer a snapshot,
But here by my side.
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