But why aren’t we full of the joys of preparing for 2 young people to commit to each other and live a life happily ever after???
It’s not because of the following reasons …
You guessed it … what else could it be but … drumroll … C.O.V.I.D.
Ever since getting engaged last year and setting a wedding date … the wedding has been … ON ... and then … OFF, and then ON and then OFF, and then ON and then OFF!!! You get the picture.
We eventually decided to place our bets and bought the tickets from South Africa to Austria to celebrate our eldest son’s wedding. We just had to make sure that we tested negative for COVID 72 hours before we boarded the flight – this, we thought, would be the hardest part. We were negative (yay), boarded the plane, flew halfway around the world and were ecstatic to have ALL our children around us. Happy mom and dad.
We just had to quarantine for 5 days and hopefully, we’d still be negative and could then freely wonder around Graz, Austria and help with the final wedding preparations. However, on the 4th day I started feeling a bit of sinus coming on with a sore throat – not unusual for me as I am very allergic to pollen and grass and we are staying in an apartment surrounded by grass. My son & his fiancé thought it best not take a chance and gave us a rapid test …. SOB! SOB! SOB! I tested positive for COVID.
The consequences for them and us ….
Okay … confession time! The first few days I was very “woe is me” … look what I’ve done to my poor children … life sucks! And so on …
Then my “coaching” / practical brain thankfully kicked in, took me back to basics and sternly told me …
“Debbie, it’s okay to feel sad, to have a bit of a cry, to get angry with the world – by all means – feel it! (Did you know it only takes 90 seconds for the chemicals of emotions to run its course through your body?). Feel better? Good! Eventually you need to accept it – acceptance brings hope. Okay … so now what are you going to do?”
I’ve called this personality of mine – Joan of Arc. She puts on her armour and is ready to take on the battle and win – you don’t mess with her.
Together “Joan” and I came up with the following “action plan” …
The above I am able to control, and after implementing the action plan, I feel a lot better. However, I keep reminding myself that there is no way I can control COVID or how other people react or what they do (their circus … their monkeys). I’m not responsible for them.
The Church Wedding will be taking place on the Tuesday, 13th July 2021 … SO this is a PLEA to you all to send lots positive thoughts of healing and being free of Covid to the Kienle family so that we are able to attend (at least) the Church Wedding.
I’ll update you (in Part 2) in a couple of weeks ….
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