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.