Round the World FAQ: Won’t the kids miss their friends?

I admit, it was something I was bracing for.

At 6 and 8 they’re so close in age that really I think they’d easily name each other as their best friend but still there are kids at school who I know  they like a lot.

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Amazingly, so far neither one of them has mentioned it. And when I bring it up they shrug it off.

But  a few weeks ago, two of my closest amigos asked me to join them for a farewell dinner at the CN Tower’s revolving restaurant ( aptly named 360) and as we sat and talked and laughed as per usual, there was a moment when I found myself missing them already.

It was the first time it happened but it won’t be the last. This weekend at a going away party hosted by my good friend Kathy Buckworth I saw a few more friends and had to fight off tears.

Planning this trip has been like lifting blinders off my life: the combination of packing away our things, realizing how little we need and can carry with us and seeing our house as the bricks and mortar it is (not the home we create when we live there) has provide me with an ability to see it with fresh eyes.

The same is true of the city.

Driving into the city to meet my gal pals Amy Rosen (foodie extraordinaire) and Carol Perehudoff (spa diva) for dinner that evening I was stuck in traffic on Kingston Rd. I happened to look up. And there it was. The CN Tower is like a beacon for me. No matter where I am returning from seeing the silhouette reminds me that I’m almost home. Seeing it then, on my way in to see my friends for the last time for a long time, made it all the more poignant.



I’m not an overly social animal. I’m not a fan of long telephone conversations and I’m not a girl who needs a Saturday night party to get by. Sure I love an impromptu lunch date with a girlfriend and if you invite me to an evening event chances are I’ll come, but for the most part I’m pretty comfortable on my own.

Or at least I was.

Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, this blog – has changed things. I’m out at book launches and BBQ’s way more since I joined. Sharing a drink or a nibble with online pals who’ve become real life friends has been a plus. And mingles organized by professional organizations like SATW and TMAC mean that over the years my colleagues are now also my friends.

On the rare occasion when I do pick up the phone to call a girlfriend, 9 times out of 10 it’s someone I’ve known for most of my adult life.  In a few short weeks, they’ll become a little harder to reach too.

And when I’m miles away with only their online versions it’s going to be tough.

mi amigas

Two of my amigas

I keep reminding myself it’s for a good time, not a long time. That it’s a dream come true. And that I’m taking my bestest friends with me.

Still, I’m going to miss the real life goodness of this place and its people. I’m looking forward to our trip but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also looking forward to seeing the CN Tower again, after a year away and knowing that I’m home again.

What do you think would be the thing you’d miss most on a long trip?

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Michael / South Bay Foodies June 22, 2011, 12:36 AM

Yes I would miss my friends dearly!  I am a transplant, thousands of miles from home, so my friends are like family.

On long trips, I miss my own space.  You know, the comforts of home.  I enjoy hotels and can make a place for myself where ever I go but sometimes its just hard to get comfortable! :)


Heather July 1, 2011, 8:53 AM

The space thing is going to take some getting used to. But I’m already seeing how this is going to pay off big time with the kids just because they seem to have already recognized that their parents are literally more present in their lives.


Kathy Buckworth June 22, 2011, 11:01 AM

As you could tell by our “tributes” (ie bad poetry, impromptu singing and essays about PMS) on Saturday night, you will be missed.  So glad to be able to follow along on your blog, which I will be reading EVERY DAY.  Have a great time and come back to us with great stories. And both kids.:) 


Anne Green June 23, 2011, 9:55 PM

Just keep tweeting! We’ll keep following! Before you know it we’ll be planning a welcome home shindig!


Heather July 1, 2011, 8:47 AM

Like. :)


Amy June 26, 2011, 3:04 PM

You’ll miss us and we’ll miss you but the world awaits the Great Greenwood Davis Adventure! (Also, I’m totally going to try to meet up with you all some point because I want Cameron to call me a teenager again.)


Heather July 1, 2011, 8:44 AM

I’ll start coaching him now.


Carol Perehudoff June 26, 2011, 3:30 PM



Heather July 1, 2011, 8:43 AM



Wandering Educators June 29, 2011, 1:04 AM

too true – family and friends!


Heather July 1, 2011, 8:40 AM

Miss them already


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