Sunday, 26 August 2012

North of the border

"It's so good to have you home again, we've missed you so much."
"I've missed you too mum, and by the way I'm going up to Scotland next week for four days."

It seems that having my boy home for more than two days at a time is going to be one of those rare occurrences from now on.
This week he signed the lease on a flat in Edinburgh and he will be moving up there while his girlfriend studies for her Masters degree at Edinburgh University.  It's long way from home ... 360 miles; that's six hours of driving, five hours of train journey or 40 minutes of flying depending on how you choose to get there.  I know which one gets my vote.  
I've only been there once but remember that it is a lovely city, with so much to see and do and I know that as long as he is with his girlfriend he doesn't mind where in the world he is.  But this is the end of an era and it feels very strange to know that when he packs up his bedroom this time, it isn't going to just be for a few months at uni or five weeks in Africa, this time it's for real. 
I'll leave you with a photo that he took in one of the villages he visited in Tanzania.  It was on the wall of a small  local business which employed disabled people to recycle glass and plastics to make original items of jewellery or household items such as pots and mirrors.  I think it's a great quote!



11 comments:

Amy said...

Oh yes, I agree, kindness is a universal language!

He might be a bit further away than you like but it sounds as though is he really happy.

Karen said...

Yes kindness is a language which overcomes any physical barrier.

Edinburgh is a wonderful city and I am sure that they will visit in the holdiays. I would be careful though because I believe the natives are more dangerous than any he may have met in Africa!

scrappyjacky said...

It's a wonderful quote,Deb.

Cheri said...

Sounds like a very familiar feeling to me Deb!

Abi said...

Lovely quote. My mum is coping with the same thing at the moment. One child left in school and me and my sibling are off to uni and gap years! Big change for all of us really.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit! And I love train travel myself. Hugs to you as you watch your boy fly away,
Rinda

alexa said...

Wonderful quote ... and at least he is on the same landmass this time. :)

Sian said...

Very best of luck to the pair of them. It's a beautiful place - very friendly, I think he'll feel at home in no time

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

It is a great quote, Deb. Wow - you thought Africa was a major deal, eh? Sending best wishes to your adventurous boy, and big hugs to you! xo

Alison said...

Great quote..and I empathise totally..Kirsty has returned to the UK, and I'm pretty sure she's not planning on returning here!
Alison xx

Prepaid Card said...

I am in agreement with you. Kindness is a universal language that can not be substituted.
Kindness overcome any physical barriers.