A visit from Grandma and Grandpa

The best thing about having visitors is seeing everything through their eyes; the days of preparation beforehand shot through with flashes of new perspective, the much-anticipated safe arrival, and then the naming of birds (tuis) and trees (cabbage, flame) and fruits (feijoa).

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We took a long walk around Rawene this morning. Here we’re taking a breather in the shade of the Mangrove Boardwalk.

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Quiet time this afternoon. Last night, B, K, and A picked up D and K from the Kerikeri airport while S and I made a late dinner here (and watched the 1948 version of The Three Musketeers) and jogged around the house because it was raining and we were excited.

Contrast within a landscape of constants makes for happiness. Change, but not too much change. Excitement, but not too much stress. Here’s to the next two weeks of happiness with Grandma and Grandpa!

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