On My Mind

A plane ride to clear the mind

To travel and finally meet family is to taste life again and remember the power of proximity

One way to fight the virus, is in fact to travel. PHOTO: PEXELS
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A small hand is lost in mine as we cross High Street in Melbourne on a fresh February evening. A dog - we discover its name is Wednesday - stands on the footpath, held by a gentle stranger.

The small hand leaves mine and, after permission is granted, pets Wednesday and coos. This is a 10-second beautiful friendship. Then, as we walk on, I reach for the small hand again because I have forgotten how it feels. Two years have passed since I last met my seven-year-old granddaughter and I am holding on for dear life.

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