This year, for numerous reasons, I am tired and am waiting to pack up and move out of this space. I want to go home, nurture myself, and enjoy the fireflies and the view. I want healthy food and time to walk. I want my life back.
In June some long-awaited visitors arrive. It will be so much fun seeing everything through their eyes. I know they are disappointed to miss the exhibition, but I will enjoy their company so much more with this responsibility lifted from my shoulders.
My Dad and my uncle came to Cassino with the NZ veterans. I had some precious hours with them on their last day here. It was hard to let them go when we had barely said hello. I marvel at their fortitude, their resilience. I lacked a little of that this year and found that my patience disappeared as the pressure went on.
It's time to retreat for a while.
I need to hug some children and grandchildren.
Today I am grateful for a little time for me.