The city always looks a little different to me whenever we’ve enjoyed a few weeks apart. In the little while I’ve been back in Sydney after 14 heavenly days of rest and relaxation in the country, I’ve realised the city’s occasionally rude and impatient foibles have become less noticeable. Better yet, they’re far less irritating.
How, you ask?
- When I wake up in the morning to the sunlight scalding my eyes it’s as if Julie Andrews, and not ACDC, is singing a delightful melody about what pleasures the day will bring.
- I’m happy to wait patiently at the bus stop for a chariot that takes my fancy, rather than hastily scampering onto the first one that comes along.
- In fact, I even smile at fellow commuters as they jump the queue in front of me.
- I’m also rediscovering the simple pleasure of exchanging morning pleasantries about the weather with my bus driver.
- I don’t care to play Russian roulette with traffic at pedestrian crossings anymore.
- Instead, I’m unable to stop myself from adopting an almost whimsical expression at traffic lights as I wait calmly to cross the road when the little green man tells me to.
Yes, I think it’s true. Absence can make the heart grow fonder. At least for a little while.