This series of blog posts is part of the A to Z 2019 Blogging Challenge in which I will write snapshot memories of my early married life in the then Territory of Papua New Guinea.
My husband’s “place”
Has a place in my heart
Our first home
Some clear, some faded.
A horseshoe shaped bay
The mouth facing the east
Edged on both sides by jungle and mountains
In the Wet Season the clouds descend
Wrap around the ranges
Obscure the bay
Stops the planes, mail and deliveries.
A friendly people
Smiles and hellos for
Sinebada and Taubada[i]
Now called dim-dims
Which doesn’t sound so pleasant.
Peace and tranquillity
Belie the recent history.
Milne Bay District, then
Milne Bay Province, now
PNG’s most eastern area
His father on the Kamonai,
The Education Department trawler,
Inspecting far-flung island schools
His mother home worrying
When the weather closes in
Or a cyclone is imminent.
Vacancies on charter flights
Offer opportunities to visit
Those islands more easily
Expanding my knowledge of this country
The excitement of seeing surf and white sand
On landing at Guasopa
A day trip or two to the Trobriands.
Decades later we return
Brimming with anticipation
It meets our expectations, memories and hopes.
The magic of a place that lives on in your heart.
meri – woman
maski – forget about it – often used with children to tell them to leave something alone
muli – lemon
You can read more about our return to Milne Bay on this blog here which includes links to other posts.
[i] White woman and white man. I loved this quote I found online “Stop sitting like a sinebada reading. One day when you get married your husband will be cleaning the kitchen while you will be like the sinebada and reading a book”. http://bukbilongpikinini.org/index.php/about-us?start=9