And there she was, gone

We dropped big daughter off at the college sports hall at 6pm.  

It’s been an emotional few days.  The waiting is always the worst part, like a roller coaster chugging up to the top before it pauses for a minute or two before swooping down, faster and faster, taking your breath away with every twist and turn.  The roller coaster reached the top tonight.

There are ten of them off to Peru in the early hours of the morning – seven Challengers, as the students are called, and three adults.  They’re going to spend the time until they leave checking and re-checking their kit (that may not take long – those two rucksacks are the sum of big daughter’s belongings for the month), medical forms and safety procedures.  They’re going to discuss their itinerary and start to make plans for where they will stay and who they need to contact when they arrive.  They’re going to have a fabulous time.  

As for us, we’ll be counting the days until we see her again, knowing that she’ll be having the most amazing adventure on the other side of the world.  We’ll keep busy and hope that she might get the chance to let us know she’s OK every now and again.  We’ll be grateful that she has the opportunity to do this, and for everyone who has helped her along the way.

Thank you.

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16 Responses

  1. faith76 says:

    Wow what a brilliant adventure xxx

    • Winwick Mum says:

      Isn't it just? We couldn't have not let her go, when else might she get a chance to see the world like this? xx

  2. Janet says:

    Time will fly Christine. I am sure she will have a wonderful time, but I am sure you will be counting the days meanwhile.

    • Winwick Mum says:

      We've already started by checking the flight times so we know she's left the country and is on her way! xx

  3. Shelagh says:

    Oh my! I know I'd have mixed feelings about it – excited for them, but anxious, too. I hope the month passes quickly for you 🙂

    • Winwick Mum says:

      The week is planned to the eyeballs already – and then that's one week down, only three to go! xx

  4. Unknown says:

    So very hard to let your baby go Christine …. just know that when you look up at the moon, she looks at the same one. She'll be back before you know it, a little older and a little wiser and full of wondrous tales. xxx

  5. Amy at love made my home says:

    I hope that she has a wonderful time! I am sure she will and that her socks will keep her feet safe and steady along the way. What amazing tales she will have to tell when she gets back! xx

  6. Lilly's Mom says:

    I'm so excited for her; what a wonderful adventure she is on. I know your feeling but hopefully she will check in when she arrives. She has worked so hard for this trip and now it's here. I'll be praying for her and I'm excited to learn more after she returns. Hang in there dear Christine, as I'm sure all will be fine. Hugs, Pat

    • Winwick Mum says:

      We've heard from her now that she's fine and is having a great time so that's a big relief! xx

  7. AnnieOBTextiles says:

    What a wonderful adventure she is embarking on, experiences and memories that will remain with her forever. It must be so hard for you and the rest of your family counting the days until she returns, but a remarkable gift of freedom and love to explore the world.

    • Winwick Mum says:

      It's an amazing thing that she's able to do and now that she's gone it is feeling a bit easier, especially as we know that she got there safely. She was never particularly adventurous as a toddler so we're delighted that she's grown into it now! xx

  8. Christina says:

    What an exiting day for your daughter. Isn't it amazing how our tiny babies grow into young adults ready to take on the world? I have no doubt that she'll have a fabulous time in Peru.
    My own two oldest are off to Iceland on Sunday, with their Scout groups. It is only two weeks, not ten but they are as exited as if it was ten weeks. Both have packed and are ready.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend. I hope you had news of your daughters safe arrival and I hope you have enough to do to distract yourself from missing her terribly. x

    • Winwick Mum says:

      She's having a great time, Christina, we've been in brief contact and everything's OK so far. It does make you think that perhaps you worried over nothing before she went, but that's our job as parents, isn't it? I hope your two have a fabulous time in Iceland, it's somewhere I'd definitely like to go! 🙂 xx

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