An experience of a lifetime began today

For the past week and a half, it has felt like we’ve been on a roller coaster, as we readied ourselves and middle child for her experience of a lifetime. When she was born some twenty-three years ago, I never imagined that one day she would leave to travel to the other side of the world. Β Going away family dinners were held, a lovely party at the Ping Pong Bar & Lounge put on by one of her best friends. Friends she hadn’t seen for ages, people she grew up with, came to wish her safe travels and good luck.

Always the adventurous one, unable to find a job at home, she looked overseas. Off to Seoul, South Korea to teach English as a Second Language for a year.Β So this morning after the alarm went off at 4 a.m., we gathered her luggage, just under the weight limit of fifty pounds, trying my best not to cry, knowing I will probably not see her for a year, we drove her to the airport.

When she lands in Seoul tomorrow, she will be fourteen hours ahead of our time. She will not have a phone, hopefully she can find free wi-fi to tell me she’s safe. I will try not to worry.

Middle child on the plane.
The adventure begins for middle child.


34 Replies to “An experience of a lifetime began today”

  1. Oh you’ve made me tearful now! This is the kind of thing I’m dreading. I know my girl will want to experience everything, and that makes me so glad for her. But the thought of not seeing her for a year is hard. Stay strong. She’ll have an amazing time, and make you even prouder than you already are x

    1. Oh I’m sorry. It is difficult, you want them to succeed, travel, see the world, but you also want to be able to hold them, and now I can’t for a year. I had a good cry about it yesterday, so I think I can last another few days. Thank you for your kind words Helen.

  2. You’re a parent, Catherine… of course you’re gong to worry!
    That’s what we do!

    But congrats to the Middle Child on being so brave and cool.

  3. Quite the journey. By now, she’s arrived … so hopefully her first days are off to a good start. Best of luck on her journey … and hey mom – don’t worry!

    1. I’m trying not to worry, it helps that we are able to speak with her daily even though are am and pm’s are opposite. She is having a fabulous time, has already made friends and looking forward to the year. Hearing the joy in her voice relaxes my worries.

  4. Your daughter is going to have an amazing time on her travels. How long does snail mail take to get to South Korea from Canada? I wrote to my daughter every week while she was away and she treasured hearing news from home as it was impossible to keep in touch. I am thinking of you Catherine… it’s not easy being a mum is it?!

    1. I was just saying to my husband that when the children were young, you realize they will leave the next, but to go to the other side of the world, is something that doesn’t even cross your mind. We are actually having an easy time communicating. We talk on the phone when it is just before her bedtime, and it is my morning. Either way, being a mum is hard like you say.

  5. Thinking of you, Catherine. You must be counting the hours til you hear from your daughter. But don’t read this — do something else to distract yourself! More funnies on the tube! Enter more contests! And know she’ll be alright.

    1. She sent us a text after landing in San Francisco, then just before she took off on the next 13 hour leg of the flight. It is going to be a long night, we don’t know when we will hear from her next. πŸ™

  6. OMG. What a difficult time this is going to be for you….and yet….I know you wouldn’t stop her for anything in the world. These kids are really something…..when I think of how small our world was when we came up and how kids now really have no bounds to what they can experience, my mind just boggles! But thoughts with you, the mum, today…..hold it together and know that you made her just for this…and so many more things to come! Be proud!

    1. Yes, my outside says I seem fine, but my insides are in knots Torrie. Thank you, I am very proud of her, and my other two kids, they have dreams that I never even considered when I was their age, as you say ‘my mind just boggles’.

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