Tuesday, 20 April 2010
This is a post just to say how much I have appreciated the thoughtful words from everyone both on here and on Facebook, over the past few days.
I woke up quite depressed and tearful this morning....and almost as if my daughter is telepathic...she picked just the right moment to skype me so I could chat to her and Billy on webcam.
Of course Stella and I are really disappointed that I'm not there right now. We've both been having a hard time recently and we so looked forward to lots of cuddles and precious time together....as well as being able to celebrate Billy's 1st Birthday on Friday.
But as she says...Billy won't really understand that it's his birthday...and we can save the cuddles for later, when it's safe for me to travel. She's a wise and wonderful girl, my daughter. I am so proud of her and love her to bits!
I'm pleased to see that ships have been sent to rescue some of the many people who have been stranded due to this disaster. And in particular that 500 troops on their way home from Afghanistan who were stuck in Cyprus, were airlifted yesterday and are being collected by the ship Albion from Santander this morning. Of all the people who are facing difficulties at this time, I think most people would agree that these brave soldiers deserve to get home as soon as possible.
My friends who I mentioned before, who were due to travel on Friday, are still waiting on standby. They have had difficulty getting through to the airline on the phone and have had to make a round trip to the airport each day to put themselves on standby every time a flight is cancelled. My friend considers herself lucky however, as she has an apartment in Selcuk, so at least has somewhere to stay when so many others don't.
I'm very concerned that airlines are putting pressure on governments to re-open airspace before they should. I sincerely hope they don't bow to this before the time is right. Safety...not money...should always be top priority. I certainly don't intend to fly again until I am absolutely sure that it's safe to do so.
Anyway...the purpose of this post was really to show my appreciation of the kindness I have experienced from people I am happy to have as friends.