The years that you were ours

Dear children,

For years you have been ours. From little tiny babies to walking talking children, we have watched you grow.

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You’ve tested our patience and taught us things we had forgotten in our adulthoods.

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Things like the joy of a cool outfit.

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The tastiness of plastic toys.

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The fun of sitting in a suitcase.

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The apprehension of learning to swim.

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The excitement of being given a present and spending more time playing with the cardboard.

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The uncontrollable laughter that bursts out when you do your hair up the same.

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The simple honest love that children haven’t learned to hide yet.

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The beauty of a small child’s face.

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But you have started to grow now, children. You speak. You walk. You make pictures.
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You make Lego.

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You stick stickers.

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You tell us about school and nursery and make up games for us to play for your amusement. You know our faces and you want us to read you bedtime stories. You come for dinner and look sad when you have to go home. You have likes (the colour green and snakes) and dislikes (having your photo taken).

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But these years have been precious. These were our years.

Last night, you got on an ‘ellaflane’ and flew to ‘Stralia’ to begin your new life. And that’s that. England will be a distant memory. Yaya will remember it better as he is five. Your other family will become real people and we will become the Skype crowd. We will still love you and send you gifts in the post but you will be terribly, terribly far away.

These years have been ours.

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Your next years will belong to someone else.

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26 responses to this post.

  1. So beautiful and so heart-wrenching too. I’m sorry.

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    • It’s funny to think what a large space they have occupied in our lives and yet, in a matter of months, we will have occupied such a small space in theirs and they will have other, more real, people to see and talk to.

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      • I think perhaps you will always occupy more space in their hearts than you realize, especially if you are able to keep in touch well. I do understand though how much it hurts to be separated from those we love. I have family all over the country that I rarely see and I realize my nieces and nephews are growing up without even really knowing who I am. And yet, when we are able to be together, in many ways it’s like we were never apart. I hope the same will be true for you too.

      • I hope so. We’ll see in six months or so when we visit πŸ™‚

  2. That made me year up haha.

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  3. That was an unexpected ‘teary’ post!Beautiful! I have moved my own children away from family and friends, and if it wasn’t for skype I don’t know what we would have done. The boys instantly have a connection with the family they have rarely met. My brother recently moved back to live in london with his wife, and we facetime everyday. Even though they won’t be there to touch, they will still be there to love.They will remember you πŸ™‚

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    • I guess I just think of the family I had who lived in far off places while I was growing up and we didn’t have Skype or whatever. I wrote letters to them but they didn’t really feel like real people. I guess I worry that we’ll because less like real people the longer they are away.

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  4. πŸ™‚ So beautiful!

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  5. Awww….so cute and beautiful! Cheers~ πŸ˜€

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  6. This is a beautiful post.

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  8. what a beautiful post… I could cry!

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    • They’re having a lovely time in ‘Stralia and we’ve got lots of photos of them having fun so I guess it’s ok because they’re enjoying themselves.

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      • I grew up Down Under πŸ™‚ It’s a good place to be… and they’ll have plenty of great things to share with you when you catch up πŸ™‚

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