Sounds dramatic, I know.
As I sit here writing this I have the image of Michael Crawford in a cloak and a funny mask singing “Past the point of no return…”. Probably not a target reference, but it does quite nicely tie in with the Paris and Opera theme don’t you think (for those of you who are a little confused, you need to read the About Us part).
The drama is because we finally exchanged contracts on the house today. Its been a clichéd roller coaster of a journey fraught with surveyors reports, damp proofing gravy trains (don’t get me started) and almost lapsed mortgage offers, but finally, the deed is done. Now its even more real than a real thing that’s really real. OK probably not as good as a Blackadder quote but you get the drift.
So Tania and I popped open the champagne and toasted the beginning of the realisation of our dream to travel afar. There is no turning back. The house is sold. Farewell this sceptred isle, adieu les amis, school’s out forever. Time to finally book the tickets, time to acknowledge its finally a reality, time to allow ourselves to let out that screech of excitement, that its now, it happening, the end is in sight.
I’m getting carried away with the waxing of the lyrical, I know. I’m experiencing two strong emotions at the moment. One of unmitigated excitement at the prospect of embarking on this epic journey. At the things that we’ll see and do, the amazing sights and sounds, the highs and inevitably the lows (but lets not dwell too much on them for they are only a moment to experience and to learn from). And the other is panic. OH MY GOD!!! WHAT ARE WE DOING?? WILL WE EVER BE READY???
I am sure that I am not alone. There are, surprisingly, a fair few like-minded parents out there who have journeyed, who are journeying or who are planning to journey afar with their family. And thank you, one and all, for it gives us amazing courage to read of your adventures and a fantastic source of inspiration and information.
The gravity, no that’s not the right word, its too grounding, too oppressive. Maybe its an indication of my state of mind, I feel a little like I am at base camp on Everest with a bit of hill to climb. Whatever the challenges, ever the optimist, I know that although we still have a lot to do, we can achieve our dream.
Having been in limbo for the last few weeks, we can finally put our plans into action.