“When the sun crosses the equator, and day and night are approximately of equal length.”
The Australian autumnal equinox occurred at 1:32 am on Monday 21st March 2022, Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Today is my equinox – Tuesday 12 April 2022 – when I have lived for the same amount of time in South Africa and in Australia.
What has this brought me?
The reason we decided to move to Australia are many and complex. I will always remember what my Rhodesian friend, Eileen, said way back when she made up her mind to leave Rhodesia for Australia: “You choose the cactus where you live.”
What is my cactus?
I have visited many countries both on business and for pleasure:
South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, South West Africa, North and South Rhodesia, Germany (and West and East Germany), Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Czech Republic, Vatican City, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. I have used the names of the countries when I visited them, not if they have been changed since my visit.
It is only now that I cast my mind back to my time in Krugersdorp, the town where I grew up and went to school. Perhaps it is the thoughts of a school reunion, one that I will not be attending. Perhaps it is the loss of my mother, my brother, my sister, when I was thousands of kilometres away and could not be close to my family and bid them farewell.
No, it is because of Rhona. It is because of my best friend from forty years ago that is now in my life again. Rhona is my best friend, my woman friend, my princess and now, after all this time my wife. We are looking forward with hope while remembering the good times of all those years ago.
On the contrary, the cactus is not what you choose, but what you ultimately make it.