Helen, eldest, left this week for six months study at the Copenhagen Business School. It explains part of the reason why I have been so distracted.
Taken at the airport from left to right, Denise North, Clare Belshaw, Helen Belshaw, Jim Belshaw.
Jeremy, Helen's friend, bought the flowers for Dee.
Both girls were born in Armidale, making them third generation New Englanders by birth, fourth by location. Both retain an Armidale connection, but are also heavily involved in Eastern Suburbs Sydney.
I have often written of the New England diaspora, for to be born in New England is usually to leave it. We bleed people to the point that, like the Greek islands, the number of people with New England ancestry far exceeds the number still living there.
I have always seen part of the purpose of this blog as a small link between the diaspora and their home country.
My own daughters live very much in the present, the life around them now. In the crowded present, none of my family actually reads much of what I write. Still, I do know that that the fact that I write, the connections that come from that writing, provide a link to their New England past.