NZ Day 52
We bused from Whanganui to Waikanae to set ourselves up to wait out the Christmas public holidays giving me another 5 days rest which I am hoping will fix my shin splint. The Doctor said anything from 10 days to 6 weeks by the end of these few days aI would have been resting it for 10 days.
We are staying at El Rancho campground and spending Christmas here with just the 2 of us. so very low key. We had a really lovely lunch of prawn , shaved ham. Chicken, anti pasta and cheese followed by a whole tub of cherries. It was a little lonely but made both of think about what constitute “Christmas”. Having spent years in hospitality Christmas has always been celebrated on Christmas Eve with me working on Christmas Day. Seeing all the families and extended families celebrating in the park I felt a little teary realising my family was far away. I think about my younger brother and his family who I have fallen out of contact with and I know this is something I need to rectify. I think about the sacrifices I have and will continue to make to be able to live this life. It is an exceptional life but not without it's cost. One of those cost is being far away from my daughter Samantha. I hope she understands what I am trying to achieve and why it is important to me.
Today I am grateful for my family although only small I love them fiercely Samantha, David, my Mum and Gary. You all hold special places in my heart. I am grateful for people’s generosity