We won volleyball, 4 sets to 0 but it was a better game than the score suggests.
Squash wasn't so good, I played Penne from work but I was slow on the court and she's small and quick and her drop shots had me struggling. I saved about 4 match points and won the 3rd set to stay alive but in the end she was too good for me. I was pretty wrecked at the end of it, that's a good thing.
When I got home The Heir was chatting on Skype so I spent the next hour conversing with him, it's the first time I've "spoken" to him since January. He's doing well, working hard, has found a good place to live and enjoying life in the UK.
Phil emailed me tonight following my visit to say that Elijah is missing me! Picture small, blonde hair, bright blue eyes, cute, developing verbal skills, into mischief. (I'd post a real pic but I think I left my camera at work, I hope I left my camera at work!)
The conversation as relayed by Phil:
Elijah: where’s somebody?
E: where’s Marcus?
Me: he’s gone. Do you miss him?
E: Where’s Marcus? (sadly, to himself). He’s gone.
It's nice to feel wanted!
I drove back from Perth this morning in the Yaris, what a pleasant experience, air con, cd player, power steering, ABS brakes etc etc. So much so that when I got in the Corolla to drive it to volleyball tonight it felt like driving a truck!!
That left me with half a day at work to begin catching up on stuff for Country Week. This will be a recurring and consuming task over the next few months.
I then did a bit of stuff regarding Fusion's trip to Uluru in the coming school holidays, April 16-27. I've got two kids from school who are going on the trip and am hoping to recruit 1-2 more although it's pretty late to be getting people committed at this stage. Rose rang me tonight to say that they have changed their plans and rather than do the trek through the desert from Kalgoorlie via Warburton, they are going straight across the Nullabor to link up with a mob from the Barossa Valley and will head up to the rock from there. Neither centre has enough kids and finance to run a trip on their own so it's practical to combine resources and go together.
I told Rose I would be their third bus driver, to which she responded "You Bloody Beauty!" I think she was happy. I'm not sure if I'll do the whole trip to Uluru, their main need is someone to help on a non-stop trip across the Nullabor. I may go and stay with Vicki and Rex in SA in the interim, or maybe I'll go all the way through to Uluru. I've never been there so this may be a good opportunity. Carolyn, rather than being put out at the thought of me being away for another couple of weeks is keen on the idea. She has been talking to Rose a lot since going to Poatina in January, about Fusion student housing, networking and youthwork. There's a young Aboriginal guy we'd love to see go on the Uluru pilgrimage, it could be a really positive experience for him as he deals with a lot of difficult family issues to do with abandonment.
It will be a pretty full on and tiring trip, driving about 8000 kilometres I think, in a bus filled with teenagers! Just the sort of quiet holiday the doctor ordered!! I may need some financial support (everything Fusion does is done by faith and run on a shoe-string!) let me know if you feel like contributing. The same applies for the kids going on the trip, we are looking for some part sponsorship for them.
NB. Interesting footnote. Fusion uses Uluru, the traditional Aboriginal name for the rock. The Aboriginal worker at school uses Ayers Rock, the westernised name for the rock, named after the first white explorer to find the rock.
The rest of my day was spent responding to emails about Rypen, the camp for teenagers I direct for Roatary each year. There'll be between 50-60 kids attending and I have a team of a dozen people running the camp. It's a big job but the loyalty and commitment of the leaders is amazing, giving up their own time and putting a great deal of energy into preparing for and running the camp. This will be my 12th year of directing the camp and my aim is to do as little as possible. By that I mean, I want to hand over as much of the responsibility to the team as possible, to allow them the opportunity to lead and run the program. I'll be assuming more of a coaching and supporting role, there to help if they need it, giving feedback and encouragement but not doing anywhere near as much of the up-front stuff as I used to. We started this process last year and it worked very well. It's a challenge for me not to want to lead and run things but it will be so much better for the team if they get to do it, learning and growing from the hands-on opportunity. They are such a good team that I have great confidence in their ability. The camp is at Araluen from April 7-9 and we have one more team meeting next weekend to do our final preparation. It will be pretty hectic getting everything ready.
We're going up to Perth for Asher and Jaye's wedding on Saturday, with the Rypen meeting on Sunday, and the CFFL draft on between on Saturday night, it will be another busy weekend. Thank goodness for the Yaris so we can travel in comfort and with good economy.