Today my sister leaves for France.
She will be gone for 10 weeks.
She no longer has a home here in Tasmania and when she returns it will only be for a few days and then she will be off to start a new life in Western Australia.
We have never lived so far apart before.
We haven't always lived in the same city but mostly we have.
We are now both in our 50s and for all but a few years of our lives we have lived within easy distance of one another.
It is special to have a sister.
Someone like you but different from you in so many ways, someone like a friend but not just a friend.
Makes me feel a little sad but I am happy for her to be heading off on an adventure.
She is so brave.