A few years ago my brother asked all three of his sisters what they would like to do before they died (it wasn’t as morbid as it sounds 🙂 ). I, very quickly, replied, swim with the whale sharks which is something I’ve wanted to do for decades – probably since I realised I was never going to be a mermaid when I grew up! My sisters both replied with “See my children grow up to be happy adults” which of course made me feel like a bad mother. I had just assumed I would get to do that. But I didn’t feel bad enough to change my answer and next month my husband and I (minus the children – maybe I really am a bad mother) are heading 1200kms north of Perth to Coral Bay in Western Australia to swim with the whale sharks. I cannot wait. If you can forgive my mothering skills perhaps I’ll share some pictures with you when I return. (The one below is courtesy of Migration Media.)
Swimming with whale sharks isn’t on my bucket list per se as I don’t really have one. My list is more of a “Places I want to visit” list. I’ve been very fortunate to have seen and done a lot of incredible things but there are still some places left – NYC, China, Vietnam, Prague, the Dalmatian Coast and the Kimberleys in north-west Australia
One of the other places I’ve always wanted to visit is Antarctica but there are a few obstacles – it’s not easy to get to, I get seasick and I don’t really like being cold (I guess I would have been a tropical mermaid 🙂 ), so I decided to do my research and instead I wrote a book set in Antarctica.
“A Kiss To Melt Her Heart” is the story of Dr Sophie Thompson and station leader, Gabe Sullivan and is complete with the Southern Lights, the Aurora Australis, penguins, misadventures, wild storms and of course, love. It’s out now in ebook and print in the US and the UK and will hit the shelves tomorrow (May 1) in Australia and France.
Do you have a bucket list? What’s at the top of your list? Go on, make me feel guilty for being a bad mother,
I’m looking forward to hearing from you (as long as you don’t tell me I really AM a terrible mother, I think I’d rather live in denial!)