Lovely to see dozens of new graduates, all dressed in their graduation uniforms celebrating by the river in the bright winter sunshine with their loved ones. What a joyous moment. One that will live with them for ever.
As an alienated Dad, this is something that I will be likely to miss. My children are embarking on further education in a life that is closed to me. I do not know what, where or how they will be studying but I'm proud of them nonetheless. If I'm not to be a part of that journey with them then I would feel a fraud to be at any graduation ceremony in the future. However, seeing those happy families today did make me feel pleased for their gain and sad for my loss.
I hope they come back to me.
- Cedar Creek, Queensland, Australia
- At the age of 40, I thought I was the luckiest man in England. I had been married to my childhood sweetheart for 15 years with 4 wonderful children that I doted on. I was self employed, making good money and living in a beautiful 500 year old farmhouse. We had great friends, great holidays then BOOM. My life imploded. My wife had an affair. A bitter divorce ensued. I was forced out of my home and out of my business. My Ex hired aggressive lawyers who cleaned me out financially. All in the space of a year. I was then offered a job on the other side of the world in Brisbane, Australia. Since then, I have started to rebuild my life and am happier than ever. I have remarried, discovered a wonderful country that I am proud to call home and am continuing to learn and become a better person. My new life has come at a price but I do not regret what I have done. I have always been a caring, loving Dad who is now alienated from my four teenage children because I did not behave as my ex-wife wanted me to behave. This blog describes reflections on life then, now and into the future. My blogs may be random but I hope they are not dull. Life isn't. It is what you make it.