Contrary to my expectations it is chilly and raining in Sydney. Contrary to my expectations Nick is not at the airport to meet me. Bewildered, I call him. Twenty minutes later he arrives.
We go out for delicious yum-cha (Chinese dumplings and all that, served from roaming trolleys) and then to the cinema to watch Avatar. This 3-D spectacular is the perfect entertainment for a jet-lagged body and mind. It is beautiful to watch and not complicated or difficult to understand. Unlike real life. Back at Nick’s flat Nick has an announcement: “Lily, I'm seeing someone else. I’m not in love with you.”
So, contrary to my expectations we will not be going on holiday in a camper van, nor driving up to Noosa to meet his parents, camping along the way nor any of the other lovely things that Nick had planned for us just recently when he was in love with me.
You make sense of it. I can’t. If there is anything I can learn from the situation it might be this: don’t have expectations.