25.12.2012 - 28.11.2012 7 °C
25-26 November 2012
After arriving home, we decided to pay a surprise visit on my sister and her daughter Ava. It was about 11-30, and we were told that they would be at the local church where Ava goes to Sunday school, so we made our way there to effect the surprise.
Not quite sure where to find the Sunday school, we entered a room and found ourselves right in the middle of the Sunday service. We were greeted by kind smiles by worshippers clearly delighted to receive two new members to their community… and ushered to a seat in the congregation. A gentleman provided us with hymn books opened at the correct page and pointed us to the current verse of the hymn being sung…This clearly wasn’t the Sunday school …and neither my sister nor my niece were there… Not feeling able to leave to continue our search, we joined the worshippers in the Sunday service… … It had been a fair while for both of us… so it was probably about time for a bit of spiritual re-awakening!
After some time the service ended, and duly re-enlightened, we were approached by the same gentleman who gave us the hymn books. We explained who were, and who we were looking for, and were taken to the Sunday school playgroup room at the back of the church. Ava and Charlotte were both pleased to see us, as we were them.
We were introduced to several members of the church including the Reverend, who intimated that he may use our visit as a reference in a future sermon to” inspire” the congregation…after all… we had “stepped off a 20 hour flight from Australia to come straight to his service!!”……now that’s true spiritual commitment… !!
After returning home, we were hit with the expected bout of jet lag, just filled with a desperate need to sleep. We proceeded to sleep all day, waking up at 11pm. One day down. The next day was going to be a long one…and it was, remaining awake for the next 25 hours….
Once the sun was up on Monday morning, we put on our Reeboks and went for a walk. Returning home always brings back memories of childhood, and although many things have changed, the familiarity of the place where I grew up remains comforting…