I came to live in Saudi Arabia, for the first time, in 1989. I was a kid. It was a new place. But Jeddah became a second home.
When I left to go back to London in 1994. I didn't know if I would live here again. Ten years later, after getting married and having children, my husband was employed here. I was back. Things had changed. The city had developed a lot. But the main thing that was the same, was that my parents were here.
Last night, after living here for 23 years, they left. For good. I don't know why we say "for good". But I certainly pray that it is for their good. I've mentioned my move before, but my parents' move is filled with much more uncertainty. I would like to see them jetting off to somewhere calm, to relax at this stage in their lives. But their circumstances have not allowed them to do that. I pray that they can find some rest and relaxation in amongst the inevitably busy days that will follow. Our lives have been full of goodbyes, but that doesn't make any of it any easier.
It has taken some time for it all to sink in too. This morning, I feel empty knowing that my Dad won't turn up at my door with his trademark intercom buzz; that my Mum's youthful energy is not five minutes away; that I don't know when or where we will sit and laugh and cry together next.
But on a positive note, we have skype, facebook, all kids of gadgetry to help us stay connected. In reality, we are connected without all of those, aren't we? And wherever we go in the world, we pray that we will be together in the Hereafter.
I finished the throw (it's not big enough to be a full blanket) 9 hours before they had to leave. They left for London, but will be ending up in Qatar. Yes, it's hot there! But I wanted them to have something that I made. So a throw it is! I panicked when I ran out of the blue yarn with 3 squares to go! Did YOU spot those kind of odd, grey corners? It was either that or no throw! And here's the pattern.
So there it is. Life. I think some quiet, comforting time with the children is needed.
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