News is spreading like wildfire, from mouth to mouth, ear to ear as smiles of G-Town home-growns widen and tears well in eyes.
Over crackling radios the echoing voice of radio officials chatter, assume and predict.
The rest of us are the mere hopefuls.
It has been 7 years since we last saw Junior pull on the Blue and White hoops.
My headphones are connected to the live talk, hoping, waiting, praying.
My eyes are drawn to my Accounting work, but my mind traces over memories of years gone by, of me and Ablett and the whole Geelong community.
My mind takes me back to his Geelong days.
The boundary goal in Round 5, 2009, where every moment of that glory was lived with him.
His 2007 Grand Final intercept that resulted in one of the sweetest goals of redemption.
The 2009 Brownlow medal win, to go along with his ‘Carji’ Greeves Best and Fairest and a premiership medal.
The countless goals, breaks and run-ons.
His fearlessness and ferociousness. The Gary Ablett way.
I am brought back to reality with the good news.
The artificial blue and white lights on the Moorabool Street corner billboard shine throughout the whole city, our city.
‘The Return’ the white letters read, backed with a shiny bald head of our son.
He is home once more.