Friday, 16 November 2012

Goodbye, my love

We all travelled home on Sunday for a farewell lunch for Pops. Tomorrow he leaves for three months volunteering in Palestine with EAPPI

'Language was inadequate, after all. One used the same words for a parting which might be for years... as one did for an overnight business trip. She put her arms tightly around him and said, 'Goodbye, my love.' Mollie Panter-Downes Goodbye, my love in Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The wartime stories of Mollie Panter-Downes

au revoir
He's only going for three months the words the same as usual when we say goodbye after a family weekend but the tears and the longer, tighter hug spoke of a different au revoir.

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  1. I like this A A Milne quote; “How lucky I am, to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

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    1. Lilac - Oh that's a lovely quote - thank you for sharing.

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  3. How very brave of your Pops: I wish him an incredible time and a safe return.

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    1. Tonia - Thank you. He's arrived so the first small step has been taken.

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  4. Safe journey to Pops and here's hoping the days on the calendar pass by as quickly as can be.

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    1. Darlene - Thank you. I think we might be hoping they pass quickly whilst he'll be savouring every moment.

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  5. Just wanted to pop back and say I think of you every time I hear the news now, what a great thing he is doing.

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    1. Lilac - Oh how thoughtful. He's arrived and been let in and now with the whole group in Jerusalem before going off to the city where he'll be based.

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  6. Just right, Dear, thanks for finding the quote - mother

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    1. mother - so pleased you found a way to comment. Somehow it's fitting that this is the first time.

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  7. What a wonderful adventure - I'm sure he'll have lots of stories to tell.

    Best wishes for his safety!

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    1. Anbolyn - Thank you. We've received his first email and yes so many tales and he's only just arrived.

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  8. Good luck to him and I know you will be thinking of him the whole time. Such a wonderful quote to start out this blog post. It's hard to say good-bye to our loved ones.

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    1. Sunday - Thank you & with the wonders of email, text & Skype we really do get to stay in touch.

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    1. Anna - What a lovely thought you've just shared. Thank you

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  10. Courage. I feel I lack it myself sometimes, and so admire it in others. You must be proud. Bx

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    1. Belinda - Yes so proud of him always. Do we gain courage when we find something truly to be passionate about, or that stirs strong feelings in us?

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