Monday, 28 November 2011

Bon Voyage, Ian!

Ian just left for Australia.  

The tears are flowing but I'm smiling.  

I thought it was just yesterday

that I welcomed him into my arms and held him close...

...but it wasn't. 

  What a fine man he has become.  Strong, independent, caring, thoughtful, loving and adventurous.  We are so amazed that at the tender age of 18, he organized and saved for his own international travel.  For many, the dream would have stayed a dream and never taken wings.

I'm a jumble of emotions... excited, anxious, worried, supportive...  

What a strange combination of feelings.  

We had a lovely turkey dinner last night with our whole family together. It was the best feeling to have my family all at the table one last time before Ian left.  I'm looking forward to the day that he comes home and we can all sit together again, listening to Ian's travel tales long into the wee hours of the night...

...until then, safe travels my son.

We love you and are so proud of you!

XO Mom and Dad


  1. Is he coming to Byron Bay...I'll keep my eyes open for him...Safe travels, he will love it here, beautiful hot summer weather ATM.

  2. We Aussies are a laid back lot, he will be fine and I'm sure find it a very relaxed place to visit:)

  3. I remember when I left to head overseas -- from the plane I could see my folks in the terminal (pre 9-11) and mom was crying. I didn't understand until my Dad came to visit in China, and I was the one left behind when he returned home. Not easy -- I'm sure he will have fun, and you will get all the stories when he gets back. Until then... well, stay busy!

  4. Wishing Ian safe travels while in Australia - I am sure he will love it!


  5. Newest follower here! :) I found you via Rhonda at Down To Earth blog. I hope your son has a fabulous time. My daughter is 17 months old and I cannot imagine the day she tells me she is leaving home! I bet it will come all to soon! :) He will be well looked after here in Oz! Bek @ Just For Daisy

  6. Well just brought tears to my eye's reading it proud of Ian, what a wonderful experience for him, wish I had of done something like that when I was his age :)