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chatham, Padraig and others: update on my daughter's internship

Old Jun 18th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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Forgot to say, Lucie, that I had to laugh when I read your remark about managing not to kill them. I was just thinking the other day that we'd raised both kids to adulthood or near adulthood without killing them! Or, I hope, screwing them up too badly!
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Old Jun 19th, 2007, 03:22 AM
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Hi CAPH52

Thankyou for your kind wishes, things have improved for my daughter, she was very depressed for a while, ( all down to cruel bullying) , but I'm glad to say, she listened to us ( for once in her life) and spoke to her superiors about it, and things have improved drastically, she was in a very bad state, and considering discontinuing her nursing course, and not even bothering to sit her degree, thats how bad it was, but thank God, ( i've been in his ear a lot lately requesting things) it seems to be sorted.

You must be excited abot this whole new phase coming up in your life, its exciting and daunting at the same time, I will be facing that in a few years time, my youngest is only 16yrs so i have a few years left yet.

I love it so much having both of them around, and it breaks my heart to think about them going, but I know when they eventually leave , I will have to accept it. My Husband is much more accepting of these things, and seems to take life in his stride, I'm the sentimental one. My kids have resorted to calling me " Hirer a cryer"
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Old Jun 19th, 2007, 07:29 AM
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I'm so glad to hear that things are better for your daughter, Lucie! As tough as that situation was (and I'm <i>very</i> sorry she had to go through that, no one should ever have to put up with bullying, particularly not in a professional situation) it sounds like it was one of those &quot;life lessons&quot;. I suspect she's come through it with a lot more self-confidence. I hope it's smooth sailing for her the rest of the way.

I think I'm more resigned than excited about the changes in the next few months. As you said, I so much enjoy spending time with my kids. And I <i>am</i> excited for them. This is such a wonderful time in their lives.

Believe me, I've done my share of crying lately! While the kids haven't found a name for me yet, every once in a while one of them will say something and then quickly look at me and say, &quot;Now don't start crying!&quot; There've just been so many of those weepy kind of moments lately!

As I said in my last post, it's as much of a transition for parents as it is for children. Maybe more so in some ways. And isn't it amazing at times like this how much more you find yourself understanding your own parents?!
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Old Jun 19th, 2007, 09:43 AM
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I, too, have become a member of the cry and weep club! In fact, my DH and youngest DD were out shopping and bought me a new outfit but told me I could wear it only if I didn't cry anymore! I haven't worn it yet...

I'm just trying to savor these summer months because it will never be this way again, I'm sure.

Our last daughter graduated HS this month, so all three will be in college come fall. The oldest will graduate college a semester early, in Dec of this year. Now THAT is amazing. The time has gone by so fast.

Lucielou -

I am glad that your daughter is feeling better. I was following her story and I got all worked up for her. Bullies - that shouldn't happen to anyone.
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Old Jun 19th, 2007, 10:39 AM
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&quot;I'm just trying to savor these summer months because it will never be this way again, I'm sure.&quot;

My thoughts exactly, canterbury. My daughter is interested in a year long grad program that will start very soon after she graduates next spring. So, assuming she gets in, this could very well be her last summer at home.

&quot;The time has gone by so fast.&quot;

That's for sure! She'll be 22 in September. How is it that sometimes it seems those 22 years have gone by in the blink of an eye! And, yet when they were babies, there were sleepless nights that seemed endless! Who would have guessed I'd be nostalgic about them now?!


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Old Jun 20th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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CAPH52 &amp; Canterbury

Thank you for your kind words, yes life can be very cruel and CAPH52 I suspect my daughter will be a stronger person because of what she went through.

Canterbury,

You echoed my words, and i felt a lump in my throat when you said

...&quot;I'm just trying to savor these summer months because it will never be this way again, I'm sure.&quot;

I am a desperately sentimental person, I tend to look back a lot instead of looking forward, I've wished so many times, I could freeze life just as it is now, but I know thats not possible. Unfortunately you have to take the good with the bad, and maybe the bad times make us appreciate the good ones even more!

We are going on our &quot; last&quot; family holiday in a few weeks time, even thinking about it now makes me very sad, as I know the 4 of you will never have a holiday again together.

But such is life.....

Ya know girls, I think we will just have to start up a &quot; hire a cryer&quot; club

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Old Jun 20th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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I suspect we'd find lots of people to join it, Lucie!

Our son has registration/orientation at the University of Wisconsin in July. So we're all going to go and take a few days afterwards to go up to the North Shore of Lake Superior in MN. We're doing it because we figure it may well be our last chance to take a trip with all four of us and just the four of us. So I know what you mean, Lucie.

I tend to look back a lot too. Especially lately. You can't help it at these milestone moments. But I'm awfully grateful that I have so many good things to look back on.

I'm also grateful for the fact that having my kids get older has presented me with a lot of opportunities I never thought I'd have. For example, getting to visit my daughter in Ireland and the trip the two of us took to Paris!

And, on a smaller scale, we've had some wonderful trips to MA taking our daughter to school. And now we're getting the opportunity to visit an area of the midwest we've never been to before when we take our son for the orientation.

So I guess we all have to remember that there is a lot of good mixed in with the bad. Now someone please remind me of that come September when both kids are away at school!
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Old Jun 21st, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Dont worry CAPH52, but the time September comes, we'll have the club well sorted out

We're like a pair of auld wailers!!
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 06:31 AM
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I'm pulling this back up to share a bit of good news. My daughter got engaged on Christmas Eve!

A year ago, when we were trying to sort out this whole internship in Ireland thing, I knew it would be a life changing experience for her. But I didn't expect it to be quite this dramatic!

We're a little nervous about the fact that things are moving more quickly than they would if they were from the same country. But he's a wonderful young man. I really don't think she could find a guy who is kinder or more considerate.

The plan is to have a small, informal wedding here late this summer. And then, the following summer, to have a church wedding in the village in County Galway where his parents were raised.

So, the prospect of a wonderful son-in-law and a chance to return to Ireland. I'd have to say it was a pretty good Christmas!
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 04:11 PM
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CAPH52,

That is wonderful news. I'm very happy for all of you. Just think of all the good reasons to travel back to Ireland time and time again.

Happy New Year

Kind Regards, Joan
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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Thank you, Joan! And a Very Happy New Year to you as well!
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 04:11 AM
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That's great news. Travel has its benefits.

I wish happiness to the young couple and their families, especially proud mother/prospective mother-in-law.

[And to think that you had some concerns about travelling on her own to Ireland!]
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:46 PM
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What a sweet ending! He really was &quot;her Irish boy&quot;.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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Thanks, Padraig! You just never know, do you?!

And, yes, travelgirl, it is sweet!
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Old Dec 29th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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Wow, thats great news, I'm so pleased for you, and indeed your Daughter. Fancy you being a Mammy-in-law!!!

I wish your daughter and her future husband all the best for the future.

Congratulations to all.
And a very happy and healthy 2008

Lucie
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Old Dec 29th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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&quot;Fancy you being a Mammy-in-law!!!&quot;

I know, Lucie! The other day when I was introducing him to someone as my future son-in-law, it hit me that that meant I was going to be a mother-in-law. That most dreaded of creatures!

Seriously, I've had a very good role model. If I can be even half as good a MIL as mine is, I'll be doing well!

Thanks for your good wishes! And a very healthy and happy 2008 to you and yours as well!
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