A cau­tion­ary tale

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

Those reg­u­lar read­ers of Heart­beats will have no­ticed my ab­sence last month and will also be aware that my daugh­ter, who lives in Nairobi re­cently re­turned to Aus­tralia to have a baby. The rea­son for last month’s dis­ap­pear­ance of Heart­beats was be­cause I trav­elled with my daugh­ter and her two sons back to Kenya.

Given that my daugh­ter had been here for 3 months and that she had the para­pher­na­lia as­so­ci­ated with young chil­dren we had a moun­tain of lug­gage. Crib, cot, car seat, car cap­sule, pram, toys and then the cloth­ing. As we had an evening flight we spent the whole day pack­ing. Ex­hausted, but with a sense of ac­com­plish­ment, we loaded the 2 ve­hi­cles nec­es­sary to trans­port us to the air­port. We felt that we had made sure that we would ar­rive 3 hours early just to make sure that there would be no prob­lems with all the lug­gage. My daugh­ter is a well sea­soned trav­eller so there was never any ques­tion that she was con­fi­dent about our travel times; al­though all con­cerned found it in­trigu­ing that we were booked on such a late flight, 10.55pm flight. We ar­rived at the air­port at 7.55pm to be told that the gates had

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