The waiting place

19 Oct

This trip has been three years in the planning.  Three years of dreaming and worrying and working things out.  And now it’s almost here.

Only thirteen days.  Thirteen days to finish everything on the to do list.  The list expands and contracts like a sea anenome, new tasks are created as fast as others are ticked off.  I pinball from phoning banks to inform them of our itinerary, to buying pull ups and visiting the tip.  But I like being busy and it stops me being overcome with longing for what is about to happen.

Despite my external dervish-like appearance, inside I am still and calm.  I’ve done my worrying.  I know things won’t all go to plan, but we’ll be fine.  It’ll be good.  It’ll be more than good.  I carry a quiet excitement with me as I go about my days.  A little bubble in my chest.  I’ve waited a long time for this, and I’m ready.


24 Responses to “The waiting place”

  1. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 19/10/2010 at 9:38 pm #

    I’ve got a bubble of excitement just thinking about what you’ve got in store. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 9:57 pm #

      I’m so looking forward to writing about it 😀

  2. Paula 19/10/2010 at 9:39 pm #


    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 9:59 pm #

      *rushes over for a bit hug and howls too*

  3. Tara 19/10/2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Sob. SOB. Sob

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 9:59 pm #

      Here’s a tissue *sniff*

  4. Him Up North 19/10/2010 at 9:42 pm #

    It’s an incredible, possibly life-changing endeavour you’re setting out on. Godspeed you!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 9:59 pm #

      Thank you, that’s kind of how I feel too.

  5. christinemosler 19/10/2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Oh *grabs tissue and blows nose loudly*…so excited for you! Sounds like you are in just the right place. x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 9:53 pm #

      I really am. And I’m cold, looking forward to sunshine!

  6. Rachael (Tales from the Village) 19/10/2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Ooooh, it’s so exciting! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 9:56 pm #

      I can’t wait to write all about it!

  7. Josie 19/10/2010 at 9:54 pm #

    I know I haven’t been around much, but I’ve been thinking of you lots and counting down the days in my head. I’m starting my own journey on the same day, albeit a very different one.

    So excited for you. With you in strength and courage and adventure and exploration.

    Much, much love x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/10/2010 at 10:01 pm #

      I’ve been thinking about you too and will continue to think about you. Your journey holds just as much promise, just less sunshine. I’ll send postcards xxx

  8. Sharon F Jones 19/10/2010 at 9:55 pm #

    It will be amazing. I’m so excited for you. What an incredible adventure awaits.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/10/2010 at 9:48 am #

      Thank you!

  9. Nickie (Typecast) 19/10/2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I am SO excited on your behalf 😀

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/10/2010 at 9:46 am #


  10. Marylin 19/10/2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Oh WOW! I’m so excited for you! Cannot wait to live vicariously through your blog posts! hehe 🙂
    Take care xxx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/10/2010 at 9:46 am #

      Thank you 🙂

  11. Laura 19/10/2010 at 11:06 pm #

    I’m ready too, I’m a coming!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/10/2010 at 9:45 am #

      Pack your iron then…

  12. Kat 21/10/2010 at 8:11 am #

    Bon Voyage! I can’t wait to read about all your adventures!

  13. marianne 21/10/2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Time to de-lurk!Have been following you for the last few months and think what you are about to do is just amazing!Very much looking forward to sharing your journey with you and your family and hearing about your adventures.

    BTW,I am a Brit living in a rather remote part of Japan with my Japanese hubbie and our 2 girls.If you are planning to come anywhere near Nagasaki,just let me know;we have quite a few spare futons!

    Hope the last couple of weeks go well.Good Luck ,or as we say here,”Ganbatte Kudasai!”

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