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Life … sends you detours

July 30, 2015

Love on the road 2015, book cover“Life … sends you detours” is a line I quoted from the short story “Sunrise over Sausalito” in the last review I posted here at Gums. That review, posted on 11 July, was for the short story collection Love on the road 2015. Unfortunately, since then we have experienced our own love-on-the-road detours. This is why, as some of you may have noticed, my posting here has slowed to a crawl – the last three posts were in fact written more than a fortnight ago and scheduled for posting over the last two weeks – and why you have not seen me commenting on blogs that I do try to visit regularly. I have, in fact, not opened a book in the last two weeks, even though I have always had one or two near at hand.

Here in a nutshell is the story. On 18 July we were heading off on a trip through Central and Northern Australia with two friends. However, on 17 July one of those friends found herself in hospital undergoing surgery for a broken hip. In one of those coincidences we’d hate in fiction, at exactly the same time she was under the knife in Canberra, Son Gums was under the knife in Seoul for a badly broken arm. He was in Korea on a brief teacher exchange but a team-building water sport activity went a little awry for him and … life, as they say, sent him a detour!

Uluru, on an unusually grey winter day

Uluru, on an unusually grey winter day, but rather suiting our mood

So, we rather reluctantly set off on our holiday as a twosome rather than a foursome and rather expecting that we’d have to cut our holiday short if our son returned to Australia – which is exactly what happened a week into our trip. So, any spare time during our trip was spent not relaxing with a book but rejigging, and then re-rejigging our travel plans, or communicating with relevant parties about the two patients.

I won’t bore you with more – both patients are on the mend now – but I did want to explain that a) I will get back to visiting your blogs soon and b) I am not in a reading slump. It’s simply that the love of children and friends has taken priority for the moment and detoured us from the road we had planned for this July.

Now, where is that book …

24 Comments leave one →
  1. residentjudge permalink
    July 30, 2015 8:11 pm

    Oh dear. Disappointment and anxiety all round.

  2. July 30, 2015 9:14 pm

    Hope everyone is healing nicely.

    • July 30, 2015 10:17 pm

      Thanks Sandie … So far they seem to be on the right side of the bar now. Hope that continues.

  3. Glen Hunting permalink
    July 30, 2015 9:22 pm

    Sending you good thoughts, Sue… 🙂

  4. July 30, 2015 10:46 pm

    Love for children, relatives and friends can do that. All best wishes to you all.

  5. July 31, 2015 7:31 am

    Books are patient creatures and will still be waiting for you when you get the chance but friends and family do have a habit of needing love and attention at the most inconvenient moments. You made the right call…

    • July 31, 2015 8:19 am

      Thanks Karen, you’re right, they are patient, so I will be patient too while looking out for patients! I’ll see you over at yours soon.

  6. July 31, 2015 7:37 am

    “the love of children and friends” does indeed take priority and as BookerTalk says “books are patient creatures”. Hoping for speedy recoveries.

    • July 31, 2015 8:21 am

      Thanks Karenlee … The wonder about modern medicine fortunately is that these mechanical, I guess you could call it, injuries do seem to be managed very well with great outcomes.

  7. July 31, 2015 8:25 am

    Detours always lead home. Good to hear all on the mend, and that book is just waiting to be read.

    • July 31, 2015 8:41 am

      Oh, that’s true Meg, thanks. I hadn’t thought of it that way, “home”, physically or emotionally, eh?

  8. July 31, 2015 9:33 am

    Oh, phew ! A broken arm that needs a plate is a lot less harrowing than a broken head. But, of course, it still means lots of pain and ensuing nobility of expression while smiling through … and it’s that that’s hard to have to wear. [grin]

    • July 31, 2015 9:46 am

      MR, you’re right. It could have been much worse, like a broken neck. We really are counting our blessings. Also that it happened in a modern country like South Korea where the hospitals are very good.

      • July 31, 2015 9:49 am

        Didn’t know that – good to know, Sue …

  9. July 31, 2015 8:54 pm

    Just glad that all is (relatively) well.

    • July 31, 2015 9:37 pm

      Thanks Michelle … so are we. All is pretty much as well as one could expect at this stage. A way to go yet but definitely on the right path.

  10. August 2, 2015 1:48 pm

    Glad to hear all’s well, but sorry your trip was mangled.

    • August 2, 2015 5:01 pm

      Thanks Dorothy … We are too, particularly given we could have been in warm Kakadu right now rather than cold Melbourne, but it’s been good to be here of course.

  11. August 7, 2015 1:27 am

    Your poor friend and son! I am glad both are on the mend and wish them a full recovery!

    • August 7, 2015 8:22 am

      Thanks Stefanie … It’s been a bit hard but we’re lucky too that they are both short term setbacks, and for that we are relieved.

  12. August 8, 2015 11:33 am

    Isn’t it always the way. You can be at home all year in routines and as soon as a holiday is planned all he’ll breaks loose. I can’t count the number of t I mes I have seen this happen. You just have to roll with the punches so to speak, eat chocolate and laugh a lot. 😂

    • August 8, 2015 1:31 pm

      Murphy’s Law or something eh, Pam? It is unbelievable though. You wouldn’t accept it in fiction I’m sure. Still hoping we’ll make it to Hobart in October though, fingers and toes crossed!(Perfect emoticon btw)

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