Well, after twenty years the time has finally come. The boys have grown up and all left home so now it is my time.
I have wanted to volunteer overseas, specifically Africa for so many years, the boys had started to question whether I would ever really do it. When I initially registered my interest with VSO I don’t think I actually believed they would be interested in me, to be honest there is still a surreal quality about the whole situation.
I have spent every waking hour for the last few months reading and re-reading VSO documentation, attending courses and form-filling and at last everything bar my last rabies injection has been done. Now all I have to do is pack. Anyone who tells you that packing is a quick and easy job obviously has not done it much!! Every time I open another draw there are some photos to look at or little mementoes of special events that mean I get lost in my thoughts for yet another precious half and hour!
I am obviously going to miss everyone but feel so excited – this really does feel like a new beginning!
Thanks to everyone for all your support and good wishes.