Even though I’m only joining my ship this Saturday, I have already said many of Good-byes. The first good-byes were said when I left Johannesburg. Then I had to say bye to my fellow Photog trainees after we finished our course and now I’m getting ready to say good-bye to all the wonderful people of Bushmans (and Kenton-on-Sea), my home and of course, my amazing, irreplaceable Mum!
All good-byes involve some “lasts” and I’ve already had SO MANY! Leaving Joburg at the end of last year I had my last braai with friends, my last day at work, my last night in my beautiful flat, my last glass of wine with my lovely flat mate, my last game of Adventure Golf at Brightwater Commons, my last Concert at Soccer City (Sorry, FNB Stadium), my last “pool day”, my last frozen margarita at Café Mexicho (if you haven’t been, you should!) and my last trip to the gym – JOKES! That happened like a MONTH before I left! So you get the picture? There have been A LOT of “lasts”.
Last week I started noticing more “lasts”. There’s been the last trip to Port Alfred, an attempt at a last pajama day (by noon I gave in and went to shower!), the last Friday night Ribs special at Homewoods (complete with Breakfast-box), the last clean bed linen and towels, the last load of washing, the last of the soup (if I’m lucky maybe Mum will make some more… hint hint!) and my last “moon uppers” down at the Bushmans River.
It was full moon on Saturday, so Mum and I packed some Gin & tonic (complete with “real” glasses and a slice of lemon) and wandered down to the slipway. We arrived as the sun was setting and I gleefully swopped between snapping pictures and sipping my drink. When the moon finally emerged it was magical and eerie and just wonderful!
Today will be my last line dancing class! The sadness! However, I have firmly told myself that instead of focusing on these “lasts” I should be focusing on all the “firsts”!
The first time packing my bag (did this yesterday! Yes… I am keen!), the first time seeing the weather forecast for Copenhagen being warmer than for Bushmans (yes, this has happened!! Friday and Saturday this week will be warmer there than here in Bushmans!), the first time taking my passport out of the safe and of course there’s the most exciting “first” to look forward to… wearing my brand spanking new beautiful knickers for the first time! Hahaha! I’ve been saving them for my travels! What’s an adventure without new underwear right?
Just keep swimming, rolling, bobbing and smiling everyone! Focus on the “firsts”!