In Summary
  • I am in dire need of a weekend off.
  • I occupy myself organising a group WhatsApp chat to decide how we will travel the next day.
  • And that’s how the four of us finally find ourselves united once more – this time in Jo’s luxurious SUV.

In the middle of all the storm with Frank and the women from the office, and Chris going suddenly silent, and all the pressure from my new position, I am in dire need of a weekend off. And so, on Friday afternoon, I call Jo.

“Listen, I have a wild idea,” I tell her. “Why don’t the four of us go to Naivasha this weekend and spend the night camping and talking by the lake, then we drive back on Sunday? I could really use the time off. And I have missed you all so much,” I tell her.

“Yes!” she yelps. Jo has always been a bit of a tomboy – erecting tents and lighting three-stone fires is her forte. “I’ll just ask Johann to watch over Baby Fat and then we’re on – but he’s so good with her that I won’t even need to leave him any instructions.”

“Ah yes, how is she?” I ask. It’s been a long time since I have spent any time with my god daughter. I must correct that.

“She’s great. She’s learning to talk now. We’re sending her to play school next year.” Of course – she should be heading into her third year on earth. Wow, how time flies!


When we’re done, I dial Mariam’s number next. “Girl, you have no idea how much I have been saying I must meet with all of you,” she says. “I’m in.”

“And what about your new boyfriend?” I giggle. “Please leave him at home – this is girls only.” Thankfully, Mariam does not react adversely.

“Sure, sure,” she says, leaving me to finally call Fatma.

“Will Jo be there?” she asks testily.

“Is this a problem?”

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