As I have, today, placed an advertisement in Sunday’s mass-circulation Hit Ads seeking a new home for The Girls, the countdown to my departure from Paradise is about to begin.
Those of you who’ve been aware of my reluctant, and sorrowful, acceptance of my decision to return to Australia will – I hope – be glad to know that in the last week or so I’ve noticed feelings of anticipation rather than dread. I feel certain that once The Girls are settled, I’ll be ready to leave with a glad heart. What a journey I’ve had, these 20 years. What unforgettable memories.
In honour of these precious memories (the fodder for the book, if I can manage it!) I thought Jake’s “Unforgettable” challenge might be the appropriate platform to unveil my memento of my life in Paradise – “The Watchman’s Bell”, a painting of Lord Ganesha by Mahen Chanmugam.
Sporting a beautiful new frame, s/he’s wrapped and ready to go with me into my new life – a reminder, should I ever need one, of a period of great change and personal growth for which I am grateful to the core of my being.