How SARS changed my life | Hong Kong 2003

How SARS changed my life | Hong Kong 2003

I am still surprised how the flight to Asia unsettled me, I am preparing to visit Hong Kong tomorrow. Returning for the first time since we left 16 years ago. After 8 and a half years of making this magnificent city our home… we left, suddenly, not through choice and not realising our move would be permanent. Our lives changed forever in just a few hours.

We were settled and loved our life in Hong Kong. Nice modest apartment in midlevels, two babies who were thriving well and a toddler who had just got into a sought-after Kindergarten, life was good.

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Rekindle an old friendship #101in1001 #15

Rekindle an old friendship #101in1001 #15

I thought this would be much more difficult than it was.

Life is humdrum when you are stuck in the same old routine. I rarely even get to Stafford and Stoke now let alone see my oldest friend in Somerset.

A holiday back to Hong Kong meant that I met lots of people I haven’t seen in twenty years. And it was good.

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Play Pooh Sticks with Isla. #101in1001 #8


Play Pooh Sticks with Isla. #101in1001 #8

I always count my blessing that we live only twenty minutes away from my happy place, the glorious Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Ashdown was one of the reasons we moved to East Grinstead many moons ago and since then I have always enjoyed our rambles through its wooded copses and over its rolling hills with my family.

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Dear Friend

I am so sorry that I don’t see you as often as I want to. Our lives are so busy and with 150 miles separating us, it is really difficult to make our paths cross. But you are one of those people that when we are together the years slip away and it is as though we are never apart. I saw you this week and it was so amazing, we could have chatted forever.

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Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

I remember as if it were yesterday the day that you told me that I was going to be a Grand-Nanny. What a joyous day that was! I cannot believe that your announcement was three years ago. How time flies!

Isla is an absolute joy! Not only are you and your hubby the most AMAZING parents, but she has the most doting Grandparents too which has made her a content, charming and utterly adorable child.

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Dear Friend…

Dear Friend,

Although it was lovely to see you the other night, I wish it could have been in other circumstances. We haven’t ‘caught up’ for a while and I was thrilled to hear you were coming to stay, that was until I heard why…

I dropped my own daughter off at Uni just a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t realise until the moment that I drove away what it is to leave part of you behind. Every mother’s heart must pang as their children leave the nest. Overwhelmed with pride that they are strong and independent but at the same time missing them as though a limb has been severed.

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