She’s Leaving Home

rayong1It has been a sad glad day for me today as we waved our daughter off at Manchester Airport for her year long teaching position in Thailand.

I was glad because this is what she has been working towards for the last two years having taken her masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Manchester uni, but sad because we won’t see her for so long.

Waving goodbye seems to have become a habit since she first went to Sheffield University as an 18-year-old, then when she went to volunteer in South Africa and yet again when she returned to Cape Town soon after – not so much a long goodbye, more a multitude of same.

Her final destination is Rayong on the Gulf of Thailand and very pretty is looks too as you can see from the photo above. She will be teaching at a Christian girls’ school, although it is the school that is Christian rather than the girls themselves who are all Buddhists. I’m not sure how that is supposed to work.

Any qualms I might have had about her working so far from home have been quelled somewhat by Yorkshire Pudding who is teaching in Thailand at the moment. If you Google ‘Thai etiquette’ you can worry over the 1,001 ways there seem to be to unwittingly insult the natives.

You can imagine that Mrs P has shed a tear or two since this morning. Maybe be dads are different, but though I will miss her, I’m also proud that she is achieving was she set out to do. Plus it’s another excellent holiday opportunity!

But to show that dads have feelings to, I thought I’d include the Beatles singing a song that is somehow appropriate.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

8 comments… Add yours
  • Lindsey 25th April 2013

    you must be so proud for her what a fantasic opportunity but who is Mrs p? love to you all will i see you. and Pat on Sat ? x

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    • Mr Parrot 26th April 2013

      Mrs P is Pat of course! (Or Mrs Parrot is you prefer) See you Saturday

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  • Mosh 26th April 2013

    If it makes you feel any better, I buggered off backpacking in 2006 and didn’t come back for 18 months. Thailand was one of the places i went to and it’s great – the people are, on the whole, lovely.

    Use it as an excuse to take a holiday there over summer 😉

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    • Mr Parrot 26th April 2013

      Thanks Mosh – all reassurances welcome, as is encouragement to take a holiday there!

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      • Mosh 26th April 2013

        Just had a look at the map to get a better idea of where it is. Nice area. I’ve not been through that part (nearest is Pattaya and I passed by to get to Trat a couple of years ago), but Ko Samet to the south is a “must visit” on her days off.

        She’ll be fine there. I miss Thailand and Vietnam a lot. There was a job going at a school in Bangkok when I was a trainee teacher that I still wish I could have got.

        OK, I’m just going to get jealous of her now… 🙂

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  • Trip Advisor Pudding 26th April 2013

    She’ll be fine in Rayong. And these days with email and Skype people never seem so far away. When you go to Siem Reap, try the Angkor Spirit Hotel to the south of the town. Swimming pool, tuk tuk service and nice breakfasts. More peaceful than in the hurly burly centre. You’ll find it via Booking.com. To visit the Angkor temple sites is to discover the meaning of the term “jaw dropping”!…And if you go to Koh Chang rather than Koh Samet, try the White Sands RESORT – beach huts, a lovely restaurant, no busy road and no rocks in the sea. Heavenly. You can walk along the beach to the village of Whitesands or through The Rock restaurant.

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    • Mr Parrot 26th April 2013

      We have already been in touch by Skype which is truly one of the wonders of the age. I shall certainly take your advice when planning our trip.

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  • Jennyta 30th April 2013

    Sad for parents, but such a great opportunity for Miss P who will build memories that she will be able to look back on for the rest of her life. 🙂

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