My beautiful KitKat took a journey during these winter holidays to tour Europe with her school to study Art and Art History. It was the first time she has ever been away from all of us and certainly the furtherest she’s ever gone without at least one of us. Boy, I was nervous. I knew for both of us this was going to be a huge milestone.
I am happy to report we both did beautifully. Europe is so jacked with wifi everywhere so we were able to check in most days/night, which really helped. It was an epic adventure and one I know has changed her deeply. She’s an incredible soulful being and being in these parts deeply moved every essence of who she is. I’m so proud of her courage, being an introvert - I know traveling with around 100 other students and being at it from early to late, back to back days, was by no means easy for her. She managed to get a few slower days in Italy and got lost in Venice and the beautiful ambling helped restore her energy to get her home.
But 18 days in, home was required. She got home and really slept. She refused to leave home for 4 days. I’m happy to report she’s unpacked, washing done and life is restoring to normal… well almost. As for me… I am so grateful for everything she had and experienced, the good with the challenging.
It was emotional, deep, sad, hard, powerful and utterly life changing time for our girl. It settled so much for her around her future and university and above all things, we missed her like crazy.
Courteney took this journey 3 years ago with her school and we knew for 3 years that Kitty would too so it was something she worked towards and we are so humbled by her school and all they did for our kids. Holding 100 kids safely was no easy feat. And thank you Granny and Pops for generously spoiling your girl too. You will never know how your generosity impacted her life and ours. Eternally grateful to all who made this incredible journey possible for her.
For now we keep unpacking the incredible stories and moments she had.