A New Start

So just a quick one from me to update on how we are doing.

Harry is so settled now. We’re so proud. I walked past his room the other night – one way past he way playing Fortnite speaking in Portuguese and on the way back talking in English. I am so proud of how he has adapted and the confidence he has gained is so visible.

AnneMarie and I are now settled in our new apartment. AnneMarie is a star – she has an elderly mother and should be the one to feel homesickness but she’s ensured she never misses anything. Between moonpig, WhatsApp and FaceTime it’s like we see more of people now than we ever did.

I’m good too. I’m so close to Harry and AnneMarie now. Not that I wasn’t but the new lifestyle means lots of hugs and I love yous! Seriously it’s been the best move ever for family bonding.

And at the time of writing we are grandparents to be – AnneMarie’s son Sean and his wife Susan are expecting- I can’t wait to swim in the pool with the little one next year!

Side note: Working alone, no matter where, can have an impact mentally. Coupled with working geographically remote that can be exacerbated. I’ve recently come to grips with how important a solid non-work foundation can be. By being here and loosening traditional emotional tightness, I can now see I’ve suffered from some form of depression for nearly 20 years. Moving to Portugal brought that out, and those around me saw that, but without this move I may not have known what I was feeling. Hats off to AnneMarie for guiding me through it. And please talk to somebody if this sounds familiar to you. There is always someone to listen. Me one of them.

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