His original flight in May 2020 was cancelled and so began the tortuous process of booking flights and then being notified of cancellations. In fact, he was about to give up trying to get to Australia and was in the process of returning to Dubai when he was informed about the possibility of repatriation flights being commenced from Bangkok. He informed his father but suggested it be a secret from me for the time being. He was hoping to arrive back, do his quarantine and turn up as my birthday surprise. Unfortunately, he missed out on the first flight but was in quarantine in Sydney for my birthday- the best present possible.
Declan has spent the last sixteen years working in the Middle East as a University lecturer. When he's not working, he spends time in Thailand and visits us regularly, but Covid19 restrictions impacted his ability to visit us and of course, we could not leave Australia. Normally I am not worried about his wellbeing, but these last two years have put a different slant on things. Prior to this pandemic I was confident that we could visit him if needed and vice versa.
Declan is remaining in Australia at present. I am enjoying the fact that all our children are presently in the same state and just a two to three hour drive away.
I know this will not last as he will return to Dubai to work when Universities resume face to face teaching.
Whether life will ever return to normal remains to be seen, but at the moment I am