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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Taking Flight and Come September


As you can see I ready to go: Passport in hand and boarding pass, too! My date of departure is the 22nd of July and I am relieved to at last have a date! Limoges, here I come... The packing has commenced!

Now then, who is this handsome devil? Let  me introduce you to Sam, my eldest grandson...


Sam is eleven years old. Three years ago he moved with his Mom and Dad, my son, and his two brothers to Korea from Olympia, Washington, where he was born. Of the three boys, Sam has had the most difficulty acclimating to living in Korea. For a couple of years now The Man and I have been discussing with his parents having Sam come to live with us for a while. He desperately wishes to do this and we really want him to come. Two nights ago my son called France, thinking I was there, and had a long talk with The Man. The Man is particularly fond of Sam. They are on the same wave length and were often to be found having long thoughtful conversations away from the rest of us.

So, it looks like Sam will be coming to England in September. For how long we do not know. Sam may be about to learn that lesson about 'the grass being greener'. But for a while at least, he can have a new adventure with Grandma and Grandpa and have a bit of a rest from the trials and tribulations of family life in Korea. And hopefully, be a happy boy again...

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  1. Gosh, Broad that really IS a new departure for you all. Wishing you a great summer in France and a very happy autumn as you get used to being a household of three again. :-)

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    1. After so many years with grown children, this could be "interesting", as the Chinese say!

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  2. I am so glad for you that you are almost on your way at last. What fun having your grandson to stay. Wish I had a grandson to come and stay with me. With no children this will never happen to me :( Diane

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    1. We lived with them for a year in 2008 and I haven't seen the family since the Spring of 2009 :-( So you can imagine I am really excited about seeing this young man again.

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  3. How wonderful for Sam. How wonderful for you! But best of all how wonderful that Sams parents are on the same wavelength

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    1. I think it will be a good thing for all of us.

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  4. You must have done a pretty good job the first time round.

    Sam's wellbeing is paramount and I hope you all benefit from the change.

    What's that about children keeping you young ...

    Have a lovely time in France. We get there the day before you.

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    1. Oh, Gaynor, I do hope we have some good weather -- it seems to be pretty mixed down there this year...

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  5. So happy for you that all your travel docs are finally in hand. Have a wonderful time in gorgeous France...sigh...wish I was there too...sigh,sigh..You'll have such fun planning 'things' for when your beautiful grandson comes to stay. He looks like a delightful young man. Sam reminds me of my niece's son..he's half Korean but now all Australian...:)

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    1. I keep looking at the 'docs' and pinching myself that everything is in order at last!

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  6. This all sounds excellent.. To finally have a date for going to France must be a great relief. The news about Sam is wonderful. It will be a great adventure for all of you. Hope the packing goes well. Mark ( my man) arrives here in France the day after tomorrow....I have really missed him. We've never spent 4 weeks apart before !

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    1. It is great relief to finally have a travel date! Not knowing 'when' was difficult -- at times I wondered if I would ever get there this year. I am a very slow and methodical packer and the suitcase and some things are on the guest bed as I try to figure out just how much equals 20 kilos!

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  7. A great thing for Sam. Children do best where they are happy. I sincerely hope it happens. A little more smoothly than your passage to France, but heck, that's been resolved, so enjoy yourself.

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    1. It may be that all Sam needs is a good long change of scene and then he'll be happier about life in Korea. But we are prepared for a longer commitment. I so wish that Korea wasn't quite so far away!

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  8. Adventures ahead and a real lifeline for Sam.
    Good on you both.

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    1. It's good to feel like a grandparent again!

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  9. Having him stay with you is a win win for everyone; great for your grandson and great for you. I hope it works out.

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  10. I hope you have a wonderful time with Sam. Grandparents and Grandchildren deserve each other; they are natural allies against the Parents, too. I do hope he adjusts well to life in Britain. And France. Great that you have such a wonderful relationship that you can do this for him.

    Blessings and Bear hugs in the process.

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    1. I just hope we meet up to Sam's expectations! The Man and I both adore him!

      Thanks for your blessing and hugs -- can never have too many of those!

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  11. G'day Broad. That's great news about your travel date. Sam looks adorable. I wish you all nothing but happiness throughout his stay with you. Take care. Liz...

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  12. You are in for a treat and I'm sure a bit of a learning experience living with your grandson. I love mine to pieces and at least one or two of the boys would like to live with us - thinking it would be a grand vacation, which of course it wouldn't be, not on a daily basis. I'm wishing you lots of luck and joy as you embark on this new phase of your lives. You'll love spending time with him. Enjoy while you have him. And have a nice summer vacation in France.

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    1. It should be challenging combining the advantages of being grandparents with also being the authority figures!

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  13. How exciting! Both things, the trip and the grandson coming to stay with you. I look forward to hearing about them both! :-)

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    1. Thanks DJan. From one day to the next you just don't know what life is going to give you...

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  14. What fun it will be having him. I would imagine you are excited and apprehensive both. Sometimes it is best for a kid to get away. Many people feel that boarding school is a good option but staying with granny and grandpa is surely better. I look forward to hearing all about it!

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  15. Absolutely -- excited and apprehensive is exactly right! Boarding school is sometimes a good option -- but not for kids that are hurting, I think. I know some people for whom it's been a wonderful experience and others for whom the damage is forever...

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  16. To have Sam come and live in England would be so great. There is so much for him to learn about there. I think that getting a break from his situation will make him more ready to return to his family later. Nothing about the grass being greener, but rather opening his mind to new experiences in England may leave it more open to those awaiting him in Korea when he's ready to return. And I love your brand new passport! Looking forward to hearing from you in France.

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    1. Yes, that is entirely our thinking, too. And we thing all of us would benefit from the experience.

      I love the new passport, too!

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  17. Dear Broad, this sounds like a turning point in your life to me. A new adventure that will bring, on a daily basis, youthfulness into your life. Youthfulness beyond that which is part of your spirit already. And those conversations you mentioned between your husband and Sam. I wonder what mysteries they will explore together and each will learn from the other the wonder of understanding. Peace.

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    1. When I see them together and so enjoying the others company and companionship it is a joyful thing for me. I agree it will be a good thing to have youthfulness around us again for a while...

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  18. Hope the trip is wonderful and I also hope that Sam will bring joy to your home and that his joy will be equal!!!

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    1. Thanks Pearl, that's very kind of you to say!

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