I had a lovely day today. I’ve finally started relaxing after leaving the stress of Christchurch behind me on Wednesday.
We had a lovely lie-in this morning, and then went to Arrowtown to see my dear friend Lois for lunch. It’s such a beautiful location it’s hard to be stressed there.
We drove through Queenstown too, but didn’t stop. It’s a bit of a soulless place…
Tomorrow we return home. I’m eager to get back because we have a lot we need to sort out, but apprehensive as well. Being away for a few days has made me realise just how stressed the city feels. It almost feels like the whole city is grieving and it’s palatable.
We all need to figure out how to balance the stress and the sadness with happy moments and hope.
It is the same after you lose someone you love. The sadness is unbearable as you know but you have to grieve and Christchurch people will have to have that time to grieve for the city and for the families who have lost those they love. It is hard to be happy when so many have had their lives wrecked but life does go on and when the grieving is done, normality eventually will come again and life will blossom. It is all about time healing us and helping those who are not so strong. Where there is love, there is strength.