Val Smetheram is a pastor's wife and lives in Australia.

I see her face. . . full of love but heart-heavy,

"You'll never be home again."

Forgive me, Mumma,

I must travel . . . my insatiable curiosity drives me on.

Shocked by my father's tears,

a sudden realization of the depth of pain.

We would not see each other again. He knew.

I should have said how much I love you both . .

now I am separated from my children too.

One day in a far off place

we will be together.

No goodbyes ever again.

I am looking forward.