I found it.
We are parked on the shores of Lake Karapiro and suddenly it seems all worth it. The kids are off playing – Louis has found an old boomerang of Ron’s and is determined to master the use of it. Joss is his “picker-upperer” and is relishing the role. I am in the camper van cooking dinner, listening to their shrieks of delight.
It is quiet.
It is relaxed.
This is what I’ve held in my mind as my end-goal for about six months. This feeling. And now it’s here.
Louis just came in and asked if we could have a bonfire, so now they’ve gone off to find wood for that. They are so happy, and excited, and peaceful.
Looking forward to a summer of this.