I drank a beer. I microwaved the dinner left out for me by my wife. I slipped under the bedclothes quietly so as not to wake her. I lay listening to the soft breath sounds of her vibrant life and felt her warmth. I took a while to drift off to restless sleep. I woke today, kissed her and my two boys and said “see you later.” I made a coffee and now I am riding my bike back to the Emergency Department the long way, through fine filaments of webs tickling my face on technical singletracks across beautiful Mount Wellington’s flanks in a dawn commute and feeling glad to be alive.
Originally published in "Fine filaments of life".
Domhnall is an Irish import who arrived via the Perth colony in 2002. He was sent to Tasmania in 2006 for the term of his natural life and ended up as an Emergency Physician in Hobart. Domhnall also moonlights as a fly-in, fly out Retrievalist in the Northern Territory. In addition Domhnall is a Faculty member of Expedition Medicine Australasia and an AusMAT volunteer.
Being Nor’n Irish, he’ll rant at the drop of a hat on any subject that fires him up.
Domhnall lives in Hobart with his wife and two boys. In his spare time he climbs, rides and photographs in the Tasmanian wilderness. You can check out his images on www.dreapadoir.com