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Kerre’s happy ending

Kerre’s happy ending

If you’re reading this, then the world hasn’t ended. All the doomsayers who were predicting the apocalypse based on dubious interpretations of the Mayan calendar were wrong. Most of you will have seen the stories that reported the world was due to end on December 21, 2012 because the Mayan calendar ended then.

Although scholars and academics have scoffed at the idea of a cataclysmic full stop to our time on Earth, that hasn’t stopped bloggers and conspiracy theorists from warning us to take care of our spiritual wellbeing.

A number of my talkback callers have phoned in on the subject. A mother of young girl who turned 13 on December 21 telling me that her daughter asked her, in her best serious voice, if she could please open her presents and have her party a day early as she wanted to have a nice time before the world ended!

As it was, I decided to have an end of the world lunch with some of my closest friends. What better way to leave this planet if it all goes pear-shaped than in the company of some of the funniest, cleverest, most interesting women I know? I rang Anna on the 12th of the 12th, and invited her to the end of the world lunch.

“Isn’t it the end of the world today?” she asked, somewhat bemused. “I assumed when people were talking about the end of the world being nigh it would have been on the 12th of the 12th.”

“Nooo,” I said slowly, revising my opinion of my friend being one of the cleverest girls I know.

“Oh, poop,” she said. “And I wore my best Zambesi outfit and bought a new lipstick to be ready for it! And I didn’t bring any lunch from home!”

I reminded her that she had plenty of lovely lunch places around where she worked and she promised she’d join the rest of the team the following Friday. I’m fortunate I have friends who either work from home or have flexible work schedules, which means lunches like this are able to be co-ordinated.

Although it was almost going to be cheese and tomato sandwiches at my place when I tried to book us in to a nice restaurant – a number of other people clearly had the same idea, which meant we had to really work to find a table.

But we did and in the midst of the craziness that is the lead up to Christmas, it was great to stop and take time out to be with the women I have known for more than 25 years, laughing, swapping stories and enjoying our time with one another.

We were doing what a number of my talkback callers recommended – seeing the end of the world as a positive thing, meaning an end to all the horrible aspects of humanity, all the base motives that cause so many people to live in fear and pain and hardship.

I much preferred that rosy-hued version of the apocalypse and I’d like to think that it will be so. I couldn’t spend the end of the world with my Irishman or my daughter, both who have rigid working hours, so as the countdown began, I was in the company of friends I love. And the world didn’t end. Although, after the bottles of wine we consumed, when I woke up the next morning, I wished it had!

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