Home is the people you love, and love travels in your heart. That’s why I flew to Sydney yesterday to spend the day in an airport lounge. My mum—my wonderful, 73-year old mum—was departing on a solo trip to the UK that afternoon, and I needed to spend time with her before she left; to say goodbye properly, with hugs and tears. Ten years ago I accompanied her on the same journey. We shared three and a half weeks of laughter and golden memories as we navigated a white-knuckle path in a frighteningly small car around the scary motorways and rich green byways of the land of our birth. But this time I couldn’t go. The ties that held me to Australia—family, the boys’ school schedules, my work—bound tighter than before, and so my Mum decided to go alone, to see her cousins and their families one last time. It has been 40 years since our family emigrated to Australia as Ten Pound Poms, but the connections of family, and blood, and memories remain strong. And so my gorgeous Mum will journey again to the dear, familiar places of her past. She will travel to the homes she once lived in, marvel at how small they seem today, and rest her eyes one last time on the lush green countryside and mellow stone houses where our relatives are blessed to live. She will travel to the lands of her ancestors and search back into history to find her deeper roots. And then, God willing, she will board that plane and fly half way back around the world, where our hearts are swelling with love and nervousness: waiting for her to come back to where she belongs. Home.
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