Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 373
With all the love and support pouring in from around the globe on my anniversary in the tree – I was left feeling a sense of connection to the world. Yet, something was missing, a still had a feeling of loneliness. A strange mix of feeling intricately connected to the an international community and campaign, yet alone in the tree and disconnected from my own family and friends. And so when my Dad made the journey all the way to (and up) the Observer Tree – I was so happy! And what’s more… he came dressed as Santa Check it out:
I have already had my Mum and my sister visit in the tree. And I wondered if my Dad would get the chance to come up the tree. When he told me that he had some time off work before Christmas and was going to visit… I was so excited. He was worried about coming up the tree though… would we have enough to talk about to fill a few days? Usually when I spend time with my family, I don’t always get the chance to just sit down with my Dad and have the time to have long chats and get to know each other. So, being stuck on a small platform together for a few days, with nowhere else to go… it was a real gift! We had so much fun. I got to teach my Dad some card games. I got to tell him all about my tree top life (I think he was pretty impressed with my tree house structure). I will cherish the memories of those few days forever!
Last night I checked the comments on my blog, and my Dad had written this beautiful message about his visit to see me. I was so touched by this message, that I wanted to make sure you all read it, so I asked if I could re-post it here in this blog.
“Hi Miranda. I must say I am in total awe of you of your passion, conviction and courage to continue with your fight to save and protect the forest and the eco system that relies on it .
I have truly enjoyed the two days and two nights that I have had the privilege to spend with you in your tree top lookout. It is almost impossible to put into words the beauty that I witnessed, from the mist covered mountains in the early hours of the morning, to the changes in the whether, going though the four seasons in a very short time. One minute rain and wind with the tree swaying to and fro, to sunny and warm
One of the times I really felt at peace was during the night as I was wrapped in my sleeping bag listening to the sound of the rain in the canopy, waking in the morning and looking up at the blue sky.
It was beautiful to watch the birds come for a visit in the hope that they might snatch some food.
I loved, when we sat at the table and played uno or 500, with you winning the majority of the time I might add,or sitting having a chat and a laugh with a hot cup of chia tea and a tim tam while listening to the rain.
Being there is easy to see why you fight so hard to have these forests saved.
So Miranda I love you and support you in every aspect of the campaign as do the thousands of supporter around the globe, a big cheer for them,I don’t need to say keep up the good work because I know you will.
And I am so grateful that I have had the chance to have a visit from my Dad. I can’t wait till I get back to the ground and can continue on our card game and our conversation where we left off.