I woke up this morning thinking, ‘wow – the day has come! We leave today. We’re leaving Gosport, England’ The picture of me above is in Spinnaker Tower with Gosport in the background.
After rolling out of bed, I dyed my hair, took a shower, and put the clothes on that I laid out the night before. As I was going about my normal morning routine, I’d pack things in one of the suitcases or I’d stash things in the closet. Everything had a ‘pack’ or ‘stash’ label in my mind. I just needed to complete the final sort. Fortunately for us, the very last remaining items that we own will be housed at my father-in-laws flat.
As I drifted around the flat, I found my mind wandering for a bit, and then I’d think, ‘Woah, that’s the last time I do that!’ Last time in this shower, last time looking at that view, last time I have to clean that sink…
No. It hasn’t hit me yet
I’m numb right now. I’m not excited or scared. I’m focused on one hour at a time. Right now I have a little bit of free time to write. Next I need to create a write-up on Facebook and Skype for Dummies for my father-in-law. I also need to transfer more family photo’s onto the streaming digital photo display. I thought the photos might comfort my father-in-law a bit. I think he’s going to struggle with us leaving today.
Soon it will be time to pack the car, cram ourselves into it and our first stop is to say goodbye to our friends Becks, Steve, and Megan. Fortunately they’re on our way to Gatwick so we’re stopping off one last time to enjoy lunch with them. On reflection, I’m a bit annoyed with myself for agreeing to the stop. I don’t think I’m going to handle it very well.
I already feel myself welling up inside
Becks is an amazing best friend. I’m not sure how I’m going to manage without knowing she’s only a drive away. We’ve been through so many things together and our friendship is so valuable to me. We both know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we’re able to be truthful and genuine around each other. Our friendship is priceless. I just need to keep reminding myself that there’s Facebook, Skype and of course Becks and her family will fly out and spend a week or two with us this summer. And that goes for all my amazing friends.
After our stop off at our friend’s house, we’ll then carry onto Gatwick Airport and check ourselves into a hotel. Our flight leaves at 7:10 am tomorrow so sleeping in the hotel will give us the ability to enjoy a few hours more sleep.
I just need to remind myself that soon we’ll be on the boat. Soon we’ll be buying food, sorting out our clothes, getting organized, and preparing for our 7 days non-stop sail from Gibraltar to Malta. Soon I’ll not only see the sun but I’ll feel it’s warmth. I’ll relax in the warmer temperatures and be able to take a nice deep breath in and soak up the blue sea, clacking palm trees, and the unique Mediterranean smell. I’ll be able to look at my husband and say,
‘We did it!’ we got ourselves here!’
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