Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Letting Go and Saying Goodbye

Wow it's all been happening around here in the last few days.

Each year we go to Melbourne for Christmas to spend three weeks with my parents. Sadly last year due to Crocketts change of employers and later than normal holidays we didn't get there. Even sadder is the news that we won't get there again this year. You see Crockettss work is in the process of changing location...and has been for the past month. It will be another month before they are on site and manufacturing again. It does not look like they will be getting holidays this Christmas...and with only three of them working on this site it's a little unfair of him to ask. Telling my parents this was...well...difficult.

So on Saturday morning my parents called, the asked if we would consider sending the girls down to them for the week between Christmas and New Years...on a themselves...they would pay. BIG DECISSION! We have spent all weekend talking this over. We are very hands on parents and our girls are always with us. We stressed over Lolly going to Canberra without us, and she was travelling with people we knew and trusted. This involves two hours in a plane...with neither of us...and with no one we know. We are going to let them do it...they are excited and a little nervous. My parents are extremely grateful and I know how much this means to them. I am terrified of flying and it doesn't help when Crocket watchs shows about air disasters. Hmmmm think he needs to be careful of what he watches around the girls between now and then. So the girls are off early Boxing Day (thats the day after Christmas to you yankees) and they will be back either New Years Eve or New Years Day. I know Crocket and I will miss them terribly but they will have an excellent adventure that will stay with them for a long time. Now just what to do with Crocket for a whole week.......

In other news, my good friend Sharon, mum to Lollys best friend Karlee is moving. Not just to a new place in she has to up and move right across the country! Sharons partner John has been offered work in WA and after long talks at their house this weekend they are going. John will go ASAP and Sharon and the kids will follow at the end of the year. I am so happy for her, she has had it rough being a single mum for the last 5 years, and in John she has finally met someone who treats her and the kids well. She deserves this chance at's made us feel a little sad though. Me because I am loosing a friend and workmate that can make me laugh and who is always willing to lend a hand. Lolly is sad because she is loosing her best friend...Lolly is fully aware that she is going to go back to school next year without Karlee...without that moral support. Hopefully she will find someone that can help fill the hole that Karlee leaves behind.

Ok, enough of the melancholy from me, here is a little something to cheer you up!


Natalie said...

Tough choice but they will be right, My friends 6 year old goes between parents from Melbourne to Cairns and the airline are very very very responsible and I love that little vid!! Too Funny

Angel said...

I know this decision and the anxiety that goes with it well. A little over a year ago, my daughter (she had only just turned 13) got the chance to go to Europe. That's about a 12 hour flight from here. We let her go and everything was fine. My nerves barely survived tho! They will be fine. Nat is right - the airlines are extremely responsible with children that travel alone.