Monday, 11 February 2008

Leaving Home

The Cadet Princess is leaving her life in Brisbane to live in Townsville, 1533km away.

She's off to James Cook University in Townsville, North Qld to study medicine, & reality has struck me that she will probably never come back to live anywhere nearby again in my life time.

While pleased for her, I'm heart-broken.

Every visit back to Brisbane will be a red-letter day rather than the quotidien. It won't be the same relationship & nowhere near as close as it has been.

How do parents cope under such circumstances?

To a Daughter Leaving Home
a poem by Linda Pastan

When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
beside you
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,
while you grew
smaller, more breakable
with distance,
pumping, pumping
for your life, screaming
with laughter,
the hair flapping
behind you like a
handkerchief waving

from The Imperfect Paradise, 1988

1 comment:

michmolk said...

Aww, happy and sad all at once - your family is growing up...