{The Ordinary Moments} #31 - Saying Goodbye

Sunday, October 25, 2015

It was five years ago when most of my friends headed off to university, and our group of girls ended up spread across the country from Durham down to Bournemouth. Although there were many miles between us we stayed in contact and met up as often as we could. Each year we would celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve together, and spend the summer in our hometown of Cambridge. We knew that no matter what our bond would survive the distance between us.

When I finished university I headed back home and pretty quickly I fell pregnant with Zach, and well, you know the story from there... Jono and I decided that we wanted to stay living locally to be near to our family, and three of the girls ended up staying put too. Whilst I had a baby and enjoyed 9 months at home, my friends were up to something entirely different. Catriona found herself a wonderful new job, a lovely new boyfriend and starting putting down her own roots here too. But Sara and Clare had other ideas. Dreams became reality, and after months of planning they suddenly had visas and plane tickets. The countdown had begun for their big move to Canada.

I'm sure if things had turned out differently I'd be heading off with them. I too have that sense of adventure, and although I wouldn't change a thing about my life right now part of me wishes I could go too! This year they have been the best of friends to me and been Aunty Clare and Aunty Sara to my little boy. They've driven out to see me, listened to me talking about poo (Zach's, not mine!) and supported me through my new journey as a mother. And now it's my turn to support them on their new journey.

So, to fill my last few weeks of maternity leave I decided to plan a leaving party. A chance for us girls to all get together again and say goodbye. I made a pinterest board, wrote several long lists of ideas and made many eBay orders for party supplies. I made and posted the invites, with the date set for the day before their flights. And no matter how hard I wished it wouldn't, the day finally came and it was time to say goodbye.

So Clare and Sara, I hope you have the most amazing time. I think by now you have arrived in Vancouver ready to start your new adventure. Don't be afraid to say yes, make new memories and try new things. Go to Tim Hortons for doughnuts and let me know if they're good. And don't forget to send me mint oreos! I'll be here for the next two years, missing you and waiting patiently for your return xxx

Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me and Donna from What The Redhead Said for the Ordinary Moments.

10 comments

  1. They sound like the very best of friends and I'm sure you'll miss them but mint Oreos do sound like they might take the edge off!

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    1. They really are, but you're right the oreos will bake things a lot better! xx

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  2. I agree with Carie - the Oreos do sound good and we are so lucky now that we can keep up to date with friends online, i know they will never be far away from a catch up xx #theordinarymoments Julia @ Rainbeaubelle

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    1. Nothing better than Oreos! You are so right, being online makes long distance so so much easier! xx

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  3. Oh what a lovely post. It made me quite emotional as I don't really have friends like yours anymore - ones that have known me forever as I lost them when I had my first child sadly. But it sounds like your friendships are ones that will last forever, two years on opposite sides of the world will fly by and before you know it you'll all be in the UK again. Hapy travels to your friends - and I hope the Mint Oreos arrive safely! x

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    1. Thank you Donna - I hope that despite the fact that we all live apart we will continue to stay friends. It can get so hard when you get older and start families to stay in touch I think! I hope the Oreos arrive safely too ;) xx

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  4. Awww what a lovely post and a little emotional too. As amazing as being a mummy is there are the odd occasions the odd occasions where you feel like your missing out, our seeking for more adventure! I am glad you have such great friends, \i hope over the next years as you each grow in your own spheres, you continue to grow to compliment one another and not apart!

    PS flipping love mint oreos!!mmmm good choice! #ordinarymoments x

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    1. Thank you Mary - I really crave adventure even though I wouldn't change being a mum! I love how you've written about growing into our own spheres and complimenting each other - you're so right xx

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  5. What a lovely post and what a beautiful friendship. I am sure you will have other adventures in your future and without a doubt your friendship will pass the test of time x

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