|Saying good-bye to my just-turned-1-yo-son in New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido|
|Re-united at Adelaide Airport - about 7 weeks later|
It took a whole 10 minutes (in the car on the way home) before he suddenly smiled at me, and my heart finally relaxed, and I knew everything would be alright. Having a family that travels wide and far can be a very, very difficult thing... it brings me almost 100% joy, but also occasional moments of sheer heart-ache. I guess in this modern, complex world, most of us have something complicated about our families...whether it's geography, religion, wealth, sexuality, language, health problems, family difficulties, separations/divorces or just plain old finding-quality-time to spend with family as well as do work.
In this New Year, I guess I tip my metaphorical hat to all families out there - especially with lots of children - and I wish that you find your own little spot of kawaii-paradise in 2011.