Yesterday was a gorgeous day. Brilliant blue sky, deep but not too stifling heat, and plenty of bright sunshine. Consequently, my family (all members managing to have the same day off) decided to have a BBQ in this new found emerging summer. Armed with factor 40 (not allowed to sit out in the sun) I set off for my parents’ house to join them in the preparations.
We sat around the garden, chatted, wound my mother up (it’s really too easy and just begs to be done) and caught up on a pretty busy week all round. In a sudden fit of inspiration the other day, my parents decided to purchase a gazebo for the garden (possibly in the hope of persuading the sun to stay out a little more). Eager to try out this new toy, they insisted we each take a leg and try to “pop it open” just as it says on the box. Needless to say it wasn’t quite that simple and Abby and I being the weaklings struggled dutifully with our leg whilst everyone else stood back and admired their handiwork. My dad lit up the BBQ (certain things going in the oven for me as BBQ foods are not recommended post transplant) and five minutes and a billowing grey haze later we were all summoned to move said new gazebo down the garden away from the smoke.
My dad stood up at the beginning of the meal to do a toast; to a summer we have been waiting hoping and wishing for, and to many more family experiences over the coming months. As we were clearing away, I came back out into the garden to see my parents standing there hugging, and overheard my dad saying how this was everything they had dreamed, everything they had been hoping for over the last 2 years. See it’s not only my life that has been changed unimaginably for the better; it’s also deeply affected all of theirs.
I walked down to the post-box a couple of roads away yesterday evening. Everything was bathed in that gorgeous deep gold evening summer light, which seems to highlight the surfaces of everything it touches and makes it shimmer. I wandered down the road, lost in my own thoughts, enjoying the solitude and the independence that I had so desperately craved for the last few years. Everything this summer seems so new and exciting, it’s such a long time since I did any of this, and I am loving every second.