Monday, 31 May 2010

He's leaving...

I won't miss being woken up at 3 am
as you come home after a night out.
(a little too regularly of late)

I won't miss making you a meal, that you then don't come home for.

I won't miss the fact that you still manage to eat me out of house and home.

There's plenty that I won't miss...

But I'll still miss you more than you will ever know.
I'll miss the laughter, the fact that you are easy to talk to, that we don't ever really fall out, that you are fun and kind.
I'll miss your wonderful approach to life...
enjoying every minute, living life to the full.

By this time tomorrow Joe will be on a flight to Delhi... just two weeks before his 21st birthday. He's off travelling again with three of his friends, this time to spend a year in the Far East followed by possibly another 6-12 months in New Zealand. I hate to think I might not see him for two years but I know he'll have a brilliant time.
Stay safe, have fun!
I love you Joe.

27 comments:

  1. Proud and fond mum - I'm sure Joe will miss you just as much and how lovely to have such a close relationship. Safe journey Joe!

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  2. Happy birthday Joe. Safe travels

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  3. Have a great time Joe and happy birthday!

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  4. Safe travels. And a squeeze for you Gina.

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  5. Being the mother of two lads around your sons age - i feel for you but what an experience he'll have x

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  6. Hope he has a fab time but comes home safely to you afterwards. He's a bit of a dish isn't he?

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  7. Oh Gina. It is only now as my children get older that I realise some of what my mother went through when I headed off to the other side of the world. Chin up my girl and just keep chanting 'He will come home, he will come home.'

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  8. Lovely photos - you must be very proud of him.

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  9. Good to know he's going in company with friends and that you've raised him so well he has the confidence to go. Best wishes to Joe for a fantastic time and a safe return home (not forgetting the odd text to Mum maybe?)

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  10. Oh bless .... he'll be back Gina (especially if he gets short on funds!) .... I blubbed all the way from Portsmouth to home the first time I took my first born for his year in France. Good luck to your very handsome young man .... he'll be back before you know it x

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  11. Sounds like a good excuse for you to take a trip to the other side of the world to me Gina! I'm sure that Joe will have a wonderful time and come back with lots of tales to tell.

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  12. I can feel your heartstrings being tugged! With a relationship like yours, you'll always have him. I can recall several mothers of sons saying you lose them when they grow up, but I haven't found that to be the case, and my 'little boy' is 52!

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  13. What a handsome young man you have there, you must be so proud of him.

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  14. Aww, Gina. He'll have fabulous adventures and imagine how you'll feel when he comes safely home! You've done a great job with him - I'm sure he'll be fine.

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  15. Gina what a lovely farewell to give your lovely son....safe journey Joe....

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  16. I love the journey you gave through his life using photos. I bet he misses his mum (while having a whole lot of fun...)

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  17. Oh Gina...I know exactly how you feel..
    I'm glad my 2 were adventurous but I always had a big hole in my heart whilst they were away..
    He'll have so many tales to tell and the world is so small now..due to technology..
    Take care

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  18. Wishing him a safe journey and a wonderful time. Being a mom is difficult, we want to see them grow and become independant, but it is tough to let them leave.

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  19. Oh how proud you must be of him - he will have a fabulous time and ring you at all the wrong times!!! The time passes so quickly he will be home before you know it with so many tales to tell and new friends to keep intouch with.

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  20. Ahh bless. I understand how you feel but I'm sure he will be fine and having a fantastic time, until he gets hungry and fancies some cake!
    Hasn't he grown up into a good looking lad.

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  21. I have a lump in my throat on your behalf.... what a beautiful set of photos and what an adventure he is going on. I am sure you wouldnt have it any other way.... :O)

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  22. oh my goodness what a emotional post I've got a great big lump in my throat too. Hope he and his friends have an amazing time and experience. You must be a very proud mum - sending hugs to you - Judy x

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  23. OH Gina! You poor lady ... I have just waved goodbye to J for 2 days and he's only gone to Cardiff to see his auntie and that's bad enough! But your boy will have a wonderful time and experience and he has friends with him! And the internet will help. Hope you are feeling a little better now. Hugs. xxx

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  24. Ohhhhh! My eyes have filled up reading this post!

    Hope Joe has a really fantastic time - and most importantly keeps in touch regularly!

    Lucy xxx

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  25. I know that exact feeling. It breaks your heart but you have to let them go.
    Thinking of you.
    x

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  26. What a great lad you have - good looking too - esp with the shaved head :-)
    Don't worry the time will flash past and he will be home in no time with fantastic stories to share, loads of photos to show and the biggest pile of laundry ever!!!

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