So, only two days to go … and I cannot wait! Probably not the reaction you’d expect from a loving and supportive wife, but this might help clarify things:
- the guest room will revert back to being to a guest room and will no longer be a kit and exercise room
- no more packages to sign for – the constant doorbell-ringing also makes George bark, incessantly
- no more hearing him whinge about niggles, old and new
- no more wondering what all the grunting and groaning is coming from the garden and the shed – fortunately its just him huffing and puffing while exercising
- no more ‘would you help me carry the kayak through the cottage’ – bearing in mind the kayak is almost 18ft long, always drips water and sand, and is not the most manoeuvrable of things
- I will become top dog
I could carry on, but I won’t. It is all of these things (and more) which, actually, will make me miss him so much. Even writing this makes me tearful (get a grip TB), but I am so proud of Andy. This trip has been months in the planning, and he has been training religiously to make himself as strong and as fit as he can be. It is important for him that his body doesn’t let him down, and he also won’t want to let Geoff and Mike down – and not to mention everyone who is supporting them and of course the charities they are hoping to raise lots of £’s for. I’m not too worried about the actual paddling, it’s the other stuff that wakes me up at night, like, will he get a good night’s sleep; will he stay injury-free; will the weather be kind to them; and I hope no-one steals the kayak!
I cannot wait for the day I see him appear from around Nare Head – I’ll be the one on Tatums Beach in floods of tears and popping open the champagne. I’m sure this trip will be a life-changing experience, I’m just hoping it doesn’t make him want to do it again – his Mum won’t be happy! But then again, at least I’ll know what to expect.
Good luck honey. Be safe, be strong, but most of all, have fun. Love you, xxx