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Parting is such sweet sorrow

It’s about 11,700 miles from Christchurch to Liverpool and that is why we don’t get to see friends and family so much.  For the first nine months of our move to New Zealand we have had no visitors, which has been good for starting our new life but not so good for missing our old life and loves.

My mum and step-dad arrived on the 17th January, a long awaited date that had a “how many sleeps until” countdown monitored by Minnie since her birthday in November.  None of us could quite believe it when finally we could say, only one sleep to go.

It’s hard to believe that was five weeks ago and we said goodbye six days ago.  Life gets busy again and we’ve already had another UK visit from our heroes Nic and Jen.  Alas they left as quickly as they came and once again I am left with a slightly low feeling as we get on with our day sans amis.

Making friends is such a risky business, a roller coaster of highs and lows.  And watching my three year old daughter already go through it is just as heartbreaking as my own separations.  The lovely Ethan boy, who made Minnie’s first nine months so easy and special said goodbye for now (thank goodness it’s not permanent!) and nursery just hasn’t been the same since.

Minnie and Ethan Jan 2013

Seriously, there’s some true love going on there – they are the veritable Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer or Anne and Diana.  Kindred spirits forever?

The only Shakespeare I know (thanks Uncle Pete) is a line from Romeo and Juliet “parting is such sweet sorrow”.  It’s been going over in my mind this week and I’ve been looking for the sweet…the sweet memory of times spent together, the sweets you eat to console your lonely heart, sweet anticipation of meeting again…??

There’s a whole lot of sorrow going on right now, soon to be healed by another arrival….followed by sorrow again….like I said ROLLER COASTER!



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  1. Jenny harding says

    Hi Clairey, we loved our time with you & were so impressed with you all as a family, you are amazing, & Christchurch is the richer for you…(& sadly we are the poorer, but I’m not bitter & twisted !).. We loved your kids, esp Miss Personality! I think I’m going to start calling Nic the boy! You are both community builders, I think you will be such an asset to your new church, we look forward to hearing how you will reap in NZ what you had sewn in L’pool!
    Lots & lots of love….Jen

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