wings and things

Letting him fly away

on November 26, 2011

Okay, this post is not about birds as such, except symbolically, in a wing-like way.

Today, Son has gone down south with his two best friends to ‘Leavers’ or ‘Schoolies‘ (in Australia, this is the week in which hundreds of kids who have finished high school inundate the best holiday destinations around the country). The noise of their arrival in otherwise fairly quiet beach locales is, I am told, very like a scene from that classic horror movie, The Birds.

I am, and always have been, a mother-hennish-type, overprotective, overindulgent and overanxious about our only child. So this business of letting him fly away for three nights is a bit scary for me, but his obvious exhilaration to get away from us (expressed rather too vehemently last night) was, I have to admit, contagious.

“I wish I could come too,” I said to Son and his friends.

“Yeah, Mum, whatever,” said Son, a slightly nauseous expression on his face.

“Will you miss Dad and me?”

“I guess.”

“Will you miss Doc and Blaze?”

“Of course – you better feed them, Mum!”

“Will you miss the birds?”

Son grabbed a pad from the kitchen table and in capital letters he wrote, “I WILL NOT MISS THE BIRDS!!!”

It’s okay – he’ll have flown back by Monday and everything will be back to ‘normal’.

6 responses to “Letting him fly away

  1. Jenny says:

    Indeed I am right at the end of the flight path here in Busselton … with thousands of birds leaving their nests and settling their plumes here. It seems most of the girl varieties have also lost lots of their feathers as there is an awful lot of leg, lower buttock, belly and chests on display! I think your peacock could learn a few tricks from the birds down this way, not the least of all the fact that it’s uncool to be seen alone – one should always be amidst a bevy for the best effect! 🙂

    • jmgoyder says:

      Oh thanks for the reassurance – NOT! hehe, I think..

      • Jenny says:

        You have absolutely nothing to worry about. Last year was the third year one of my kids was involved in leaver’s celebrations and I have to say the organisers do an absolutely amazing job with the kids. In fact there are so many different types of groups involved you would be very surprised; they even have a group called the ‘red frogs’ who on request (and there’s always lots of requests) will come to where you are staying and cook pancakes for you. Lots of supervision, lots of activities, lots of fun. Your son will really enjoy himself.

      • jmgoyder says:

        Yeah but his mate just rang to say he’d been punched in face by girl last night! He’s okay.

  2. cuhome says:

    Very well said. I understand. I could feel that pull, trying to let go. Sometimes not doing something is much harder than doing something; this is one of them. 🙂

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