This is where my health finally “hit the wall” and I wound up in hospital.
This is where David first began milking cows for a fellow up the road.
This is where I found the earth- embankment that I had dreamed about
so many months ago, the ocean that lapped the shore beside the road,
was just around the corner from the earth embankment. The winter was
warm, the trees sang around the house, it was gorgeous!! We had
moved into the house, May 10 1997.
This is where the rebounding children started!! First, Nads wanted to come
stay. She was totally sick of living with Sonna. She considered her sister
lazy, she never cleaned up after herself, and she wouldn’t pay her half of the
rent, on time. – So I let Nads come home. Dylan had come to visit from his
home in Auckland.
After a couple of months Nads decided that she wanted to go back to live
in Wellington. She booked her bus tickets from Auckland to Wellington – then
we took her to stay with my mum in Auckland, where she would leave from, to
go to Wellington, and we came back home to McKenzie Bay. Nadia would stay
with David’s mother & her partner, in Wellington. My children were seasoned
travellers. They had learned how to get from point A to point B, how to organise
them selves, how to pack cases etc… they no longer needed me to chase them
around. Sonya was living in another place with some friends from Polytech.
After Nads had gone, I was admitted to hospital for a couple of days, (having
found that I had an enlarged heart – and Heart Failure -) then later around
Christmas, Sonna came to spend the holidays. In the New Year – friends of mine
from Elim Church, where we had been fellowshipping, came out to the house.
When we had gone out for a walk around the hills, one of our friends, another
maori woman, like myself, wouldn’t come. We asked why not and she said,
because people have died up on those hills, and they had not been buried. The
hills are tapu. (should not be walked upon until the spirits of those people had
been laid to rest.) Then she went out and spoke to the hills, (rather, to the spirits
of those people,) in te reo Maori: – while she was speaking, a gentle mist of fine
rain drifted over us. She said that the heavens were mourning those people. Was
I scared, No! Did I believe her, Yes, I did, in fact, this may have been the reason
that we had been brought here! To bring discernment and conclusion, after all –
it was my paternal grandmother and her three brothers, who were the chiefs of this
entire Whangarei Heads – right up to the colonisation of this area! There had been
a history of people here hundreds of years before European colonisation of these
Islands. Those were the peoples whom my friend had been referring to .Afterwards,
we talked, then they went home.
Four weeks later, – I was napping in my gorgeous bedroom which looked out to the
sea, when I awoke with a start. I called David.
We have to move! “What”, he said – We have to move now!. “Why?” I’ve just had a
dream of a woman standing under one of the trees, up on those hills calling to me,
and it means that we have to leave,” I said.
David humm-ed and haaa-ed, moaning just under his breath about paranoid women
who have silly dreams etc….But I was up, out of bed, and on the phone to find out
where there were places to rent in Whangarei city. This was February 1998.
I called a number and a woman answered! She said that the place was 3 bdrms,
lounge, kitchen, bathroom, laundry – situated in the avenues – almost in the
middle of town, within good walking distance of everything. I explained that we had
no vehicle so I could not come see it today: she said, “I’ll come & get you!” And she
did! When she brought me home – I had the tendancy agreement all signed and
sealed, tucked away in my hand bag! David was not surprised or fazed at all: he
simply buckled down to help me pack!
We moved into 1st Avenue, Whangarei on the 1st March, 1998 – two weeks after I had
had the dream.
TBC – Emmi