Sunday, 5 July 2015

Cheerio not goodbye

I recently finished a blanket that I made for some friends. It was a sad moment when I finished it....

Not that I was sad to give it away, I was sad because it meant that they were going away - and taking the blanket to Scotland!












I don't want to wallow in self pity here but my blog is about capturing life and sometimes it's not all chocolates and roses! I'll just be brief....

When we first came to Australia back at the end of 2005 (just for a year), I was lucky enough to meet a family who would become a big part of my life here. We were neighbours in a foreign country bonding over coffee and children. I think we were similar in the way we approached life and we just clicked.

Our kids have more or less grown up together. Sibs considers them her family. Actually, that's how I feel too...


All those significant moments over the last 10 years or so have been shared in their company. 

Milestones have been reached and experienced together. 

Occasions and events have been celebrated together. 

As I'm writing this my mind is buzzing with the memories.

As well as the big stuff they have always been there for everyday things too. I could not count the number of coffees and wines shared! But on a more serious note they have been the friends that I've felt completely comfortable asking those last minute favours of. The people that I could phone or text anytime, the name on the emergency contact list.... (must sort that one out!)

So you see what I mean when I say I'm sad....?

Quite simply, I'm going to really really miss them. 

Saying goodbye was tough. We struggled with that horrid word. 

So do you know what? Let's not use it! Let's just hold onto the hundreds of happy memories, pretend that they've gone on an extended holiday and start the saving for our next trip home when a visit up to Scotland will be taking place. 

Thank you W family for being truly lovely friends. Raising a glass to your new adventures and we'll see you next year in your new housie!



"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
Dr Seuss


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9 Comments and thoughts:

  1. That blanket is stunning! I feel your pain- it is so hard. My close and dear friend just left for a new life in Melbourne. I saw her every Saturday early for coffee and we saw a movie every Sunday for a decade. She lived around the corner form us and spent easter and christmas with us…I have no advice. It sucks. But at least there is the phone, emails etc. Take care x

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    1. Thanks FF. Yes, it does just suck doesn't it? It's hard when those little routines get taken away. We were the same with Christmases and other holidays. Yay, to digital technology though.
      x

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  4. I love the blanket. That must be really hard to have your friends leave. I know how important it is to have friends like that when you are far away from home. Hugs to you X x

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  5. Thank you Sarah. You will know that those kinds of friends become your family when you are away from home.
    x
    PS Belated congrats on the arrival of Mirryn x

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  6. Hello Beth,
    Your blanket is absolutely beautiful and no doubt will be treasured. Your friends sound very special and they will always be that even when miles divide you. With Skype it is easier to keep in touch.
    And it is a lovely thought that you can begin saving for your next European trip
    Helen xx

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