Monday, January 06, 2014
Comings and goings
Here are Son and Daughter-in-Law, off this afternoon to New Zealand for three weeks. They decided on returning to NZ because they liked it so much when they were there during their final year of university. I'm happy that they're having a good break (well-deserved) but will be happier once they're safely there. I think we managed to infect them with Granddaughter's cold over Christmas (alas) - Granddaughter kindly passed it on to her mum, Mr L and me and now the travellers have got it. However, we hope that it'll wear off long before their holiday is over.
Three weeks of summer instead of three weeks of winter. Not a bad idea, really.
Daughter 2 and Son-in-Law 2 moved into their new flat in London on Saturday. We're pleased that they're living in nicer accommodation but the heart sinks to feel that they're properly settled in London now. And the next friend who tells me that it would be worse if they were in Australia ("At least they're still in Britain") may just find that I do not reply in my usual polite fashion. I wonder what these people say to those whose children do go to Australia (or somewhere equally distant).
"At least" is never a good beginning to a sentence responding to woes. "At least they didn't steal your passport as well as your money and your credit cards." "At least you've still got one leg." "At least only half your house is underwater."
(At least let me stand on your foot, o unhelpful comforter.)