Are You Back To Normal Now?

The second little traveller was waiting to hear the news. “Are they both out Mummy, are you back to normal now?”

I assured her that yes, they were both gone and I was completely normal again.

“Mummy, there are so many people that have had their fingers and toes crossed for you, that’s why you’ve been so lucky.”

I think she’s right.

I’ve never admitted that I click on every persons name that gives me a “like” on Facebook. I’ve always been frightened that I might look like a bit of a stalker. I can’t see your details, just your name and your cover photo – but I love it! It’s amazing to see where you’ve all come from, so many different towns and cities, all over the world. Everyone putting their best face forward. Some of you have the most picturesque shots and I’ve often been right on the edge of sending you a note to ask exactly where you are. And then I hold back, not wanting to scare you off.

Over the past few months I’ve received many emails and notes that begin with an apologetic “you don’t know me but I really feel like I know you.”

I get it.

This whole online relationship is very strange, here I am telling you all about my, well, my internal workings, and I’m yet to even buy you a drink or ask you your favourite colour.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I too, feel like I know you. And I want to say thank you. Thank you for popping by, thank you for all of the messages and the comments. Thank you for being so incredibly kind.

In about seven hours I get to see my babies again. I stood in the middle of a major shopping centre with Christmas carols blaring and my phone pressed to my ear screaming “no more sleeps – we’ve made it”, they were on their way to the airport. I will get to hold my husband tight, smell his skin, and hear his stories without buffering or frozen screens. I am eternally grateful to all of those fingers and toes that stayed crossed for me.

Thank you.

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  • Mark Fendrick

    Hi Kirsty … you DO know me (at least a little) and I am here to tell you that I feel the same way about the online world. It is amazing how we get to know – as well as one can online and through our blogs – and care about people we would never get to know if it weren’t for this amazing piece of technology.

    I for one have followed your journey and am glad that you are normal (?) again, and by now have been reunited with the family.

    If I don’t get another chance – Merry Christmas to you and that wonderful gang of yours!

  • manycoloured-days

    I love that picture and am sooooooooo happy for you!

  • Kath Lockett

    Marvellous, terrific, amazing and utterly deserved good news. Merry Silly Season and Happy 2013 to you and yours.

  • Carol Henderson

    Congrats on everything. Have a great time with the fam.
    You’re making me want to write about my medical adventures when the girls were young, that led to my semi-colon– as my sister calls my altered gut.

  • aussiemama

    Phew, thought it was just me who did that and felt that way about (some) of the bloggers I follow. Have a wonderful Xmas and here’s to getting to friendship in 2013 x

  • ADoC

    So glad there are no more sleeps! Best Christmas present ever.

  • Caz

    You made it! So glad.

  • JO

    As one who follows this avidly – I do so because you write with humour and honesty. And are not afraid to talk about ‘bits’ that most other people would like to keep hidden.

  • Joanne Noragon

    And by the time I’ve seen this, you’re home. Good job. Have a wonderful reunion.

  • Amoola

    ๐Ÿ™‚ I love reunions! am so happy for u! Seems like the weeks have flown! You are going to have one great holiday and u deserve it!

  • Anonymous

    Yah! and I SO would click on the faces too – I once changed my profile to see how others see it that aren’t ‘friends’ and it was cool – I understand – we know your words, you can at least know our faces – and I feel grateful to you for teaching me things about life, health, children, travel and goodbyes…xo a Kiwi in Auz Theresa

  • bloggingher

    glad u made it…i do feel like i know u…i must read ur blog every day and get disappointed when a day passes w/o a post…i’m the one who feels like a
    i just admire ur writing style and ur prespective on things…u made me change my prespective quiet a lot regarding being an expat family…and for that i have to thank u:)

  • Chica Strauszer

    Glad that everything is over!!! I think we all know you without knowing you. You put words into things we all are going through. Thank you for that.
    Merry Xmas and enjoy all your little ones (and the big guy as well)

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  • boomerang jane

    Sensational! So glad you have healed so well. and i have goosebumps & smiles thinking of your family reunion. Nice.

  • What Sarah Did Next

    I’m so excited for you all, Kirsty! I feel like I know you too and that’s a true testament to the quality of your writing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts along the way (the time seemed to go very quickly… not so sure you’d think so though!) Hold your family close and just love them… I’m doing the same with mine today. Seems to be the only appropriate thing to do after the awful news I woke up to this morning xxx

  • Lucy Mulvany

    So happy for you. I told my Mum all about your situation today over lunch – she did a spell without all of us once, way way back in the ’70’s. She mentioned smells too. So relieved and happy for you. xxx

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  • Vera

    I am glad to hear your are “back to normal”.
    I have also been reading your blog for a while, but have never commented before. All the best from Germany, Vera

  • Hopeless in the Nederlands

    Just so you know: my favourite colour is blue and I mainly drink dry white wine… Anyway so please you’re all about to be reunited……. Don’t forget we still waiting for the book.. I was going to say sorry for nagging, but I’m not!

  • juststopspeaking

    Oh. Now you made me cry! Hug them tight.
    Merry Christmas.

  • Muddling Along

    Hope you are having a lovely simple, time together back as a family – well done all of you these last few weeks

    Take care of yourselves this Christmas and enjoy being back together again xxx

  • tamaratattles

    So glad to hear your health is improving! I’m skipping Christmas this year so I’m just going to read about yours and pretend I’m in pretty beach house in Australia. So make sure it’s the Merriest Christmas Ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • nmaha

    This may sound stupid and sentimental from someone you’ve never met, but I think you’re a person worth crossing our fingers and toes for ๐Ÿ™‚