11 Years ago, a little piece of my heart was broken off and travelled all the way to Canada! My darling girl with her husband and three year old son and dog, travelled to start a new life in Canada. She had already got a job to go to, and they were sure it was going to be the adventure of a lifetime.. which it has turned out to be..
They live in much better conditions than they could have found in UK, her job is better paid and more challenging and he found a niche where his actions were appreciated, and between them they live the dream! They have a lovely house, garden, neighbours and friends and rewarding careers that they love.
They also found time to have another child, a little girl called Caitlin who joined Callum 8 years ago this month. All in all, they did the right thing, but I miss them so much. In the first few years I travelled out there a lot, and saw how she was getting along, and was reassured, but over the last few years have not managed to get back.. I must do soon, but my grandchildren do know me as they have visited England themselves without parents!
I loved visiting Canada, I loved the people and the way of life.. If I had to choose to live near children, I would probably pick Canada as it is a delightful place to live, especially if you have the income.but I guess that would be the same anywhere** The summers are not too hot and the winters bearable.. When they first arrived they lived in British Columbia outside Vancouver, and that was a grand place to be. Now they live in Toronto suburbs, and the weather is a lot more extreme in winter, but its all too good to be true.. lucky them I say!
When my children emigrated to Canada and Australia, my heart broke a little bit, but couldn't say to them don't go, it is their life journey not mine.. and besides, when I was young I thought of emigrating and never thought how my parents would feel, they would have given the freedom to me to choose, so I do understand my childrens' ambitions.. We all want what is best for our kids, and hope they can do better than we did..
The only thing I regret is that financially I cannot whizz over when I want to.. my husband would not object at all, he's happy if I'm happy, but money is never easy when you are looking at retirement days..
I am so pleased and relieved that their days are happy over there, and really 11 years is not long really, just a good amount of time to settle down and be part of their new country.