This week was one to be extremely grateful for as it presented a rare opportunity for me to have ‘sibling time’ with my brother Mark and sister Gisella, while none of us were actually in our home cities.
As luck would have it, I was in Brisbane when Mark was in Byron Bay and a cruise down the coast had me in Bundjalung Country in no time of all. In between catch-up sessions talking through life, and fits of laughter around me complaining about the hard sofa bed I had aggressively insisted I’d sleep on, time with Mark helped renew my spirit and de-stress within less than 24 hours.
Together we enjoyed three memorable meals: lunch at Tree House, dinner at the Byron Brewery Company (have the ice cream sandwich with peanut butter, salted caramel and chocolate – it’s rich enough for two! ) and breakfast at Fishheads (recommend Fishheads Royal). A short walk along the beachfront also meant that we had enough time to tick off the ‘agenda items’ that bind us as siblings:
- Love life
- Travel plans and wish list
- Life goals
- Health and fitness
My brother has this incredible sense of wisdom for someone so young – he always has had. And I cruised back up the highway 24 hours later feeling better centred and at peace about life. And I’m supposed to be the bigger sibling offering all the advice!
Only days later I was on Larrakia land in Darwin, hanging out at Mindl Beach Markets with my sister Gisella following my presentation at the Early Childhood Australia National Conference. Gisella is Manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs At KU Services and was also speaking at the conference about KUs Reconciliation Action Plan. It was a fluke we were at the same conference together – it may well have been the first time.
I take great pride in introducing my sister to others – she is a star at what she does at KU – and the fact that she loves her job means she’s easy to listen to when she talks about her work. I also need to do a shout out to her as she was just awarded the perpetual KU Marcia Burgess Award for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to fostering and enriching the lives of vulnerable children and their families. #proudsistermoment
Similar to Mark, Gisella is much calmer than I am, less anxious and fun to be around, so I was grateful for the opportunity to just have some yummy local food and play the tourist at sunset.
When you live a plane ride away from your immediate family some days are lonelier than others. And so this week, I am grateful that the universe smiled upon me and made it possible for me to spend time with both both Mark and Gis.🙂