This week, it wasn't hard for me to look at two of my life's gifts. Out of some bad luck, as many of you know, we had free time and decided to make limoncello out of lemons, and so we're currently in Italy for three months. And that is a gift we would not have if we had children in school. (Though actually, I like to think I would have been one of those parents who would have pulled her children from school to take them to see the world, learn other languages, etc. Easy to say now of course!)
But the second gift was that of new friends. I have met many wonderful people on-line as a result of my ectopic pregnancies and infertility. Some of them I have been lucky enough to have met in real life. And on Wednesday, another virtual friend (and her husband) became real life friends. My husband and I visited Slovenia - only three hours from where we are currently staying in northern Italy - and we were lucky enough to be hosted by the lovely Klara and her hospitable husband. We ate lunch and drank wine, and talked, and looked around their beautiful* town This is the part of travelling that I have always loved - learning how people really live, away from the tourist traps.
Whilst Klara and I had both hoped one day to have children, we would never have met if we had kids. I hope one day to be able to host her and her husband in NZ too. We may live on opposite (almost) sides of the world, but our shared experiences and lifestyle have brought us close. And that was a gift.
*Watch Lemons to Limoncello for an update on our all-too-brief time in Slovenia.