If it all comes through, then we plan to leave around mid-September. Soon!
My friend Joy said that when she and her husband Jim left Christchurch a couple of years ago, they had a song that they played as they left. I recall that they felt a bit sad about leaving behind so many friends and good memories from their time at University and early-career days, but I can't remember what their song was.
I can't speak for Adam, but I know that for me, leaving Christchurch is very bittersweet. Christchurch is my home. I have lived there (or within 30 minutes drive of)for my whole life, I went to University there, I met and married my husband there. It is my home. And yet after the events of the last ten months, I have never felt so afraid and anxious and hopeless as I do in Christchurch. My home.
So while I am looking forward to the wonderful adventures that await us, it is with sadness that I leave the land which I love. Part of me would love to play U2's 'Gone' as I get on that plane. With a middle finger raised towards the city that birthed me. And yet the rest of me is weeping for this beautiful city I have loved for so long, and feeling its brokenness deep within me. But I haven't found a song to express that yet.
What song would you play if you left Christchurch today?