Monday, 4 July 2016
And there she was, gone
We dropped big daughter off at the college sports hall at 6pm.
It's been an emotional few days. The waiting is always the worst part, like a roller coaster chugging up to the top before it pauses for a minute or two before swooping down, faster and faster, taking your breath away with every twist and turn. The roller coaster reached the top tonight.
There are ten of them off to Peru in the early hours of the morning - seven Challengers, as the students are called, and three adults. They're going to spend the time until they leave checking and re-checking their kit (that may not take long - those two rucksacks are the sum of big daughter's belongings for the month), medical forms and safety procedures. They're going to discuss their itinerary and start to make plans for where they will stay and who they need to contact when they arrive. They're going to have a fabulous time.
As for us, we'll be counting the days until we see her again, knowing that she'll be having the most amazing adventure on the other side of the world. We'll keep busy and hope that she might get the chance to let us know she's OK every now and again. We'll be grateful that she has the opportunity to do this, and for everyone who has helped her along the way.