CC - am avoiding texting or messaging you on FB because not sure how sensible it is. But let me know if I can. I'm worried about you - as we all are. The custody stuff is worrying. Not sure what is going on there. Hope I can talk to you about it at some point xxx
Cc's post just says "and". Hope you are ok my love
foot is my own stupid bloody fault. Last week did tonnes of walking and quite a bit of running and then this week did a 6 followed by a 7 mile run after work. Think I just overdid it. So am now crocked. Stupid woman.
the thing is i think that now we have immediate means of communication. i went to russia for a month and the only way i had of communicating home was to send a telegram!! which i did once - when i got there to say i was ok. and then that was it! now, there's facebook, email, 3G and wifi everywhere. and i'd like to think that we are generally more aware of the risks. maybe not? maybe a 22yr old E would do the same as i did and get in a car without about 8 strangers (and 5 seats) and end up in the woods outside Moscow without a clue where she was or any means of getting in touch with anyone!?
i was 12 when i went on my frist french exchange. my parents dropped me at bristol, i got on a coach and got off again somewhere in France where i was met by a family we knew nothing about and i stayed with them for 2 weeks. didn't speak to my parents while i was away, but got dropped back to the coach again and then picked up in bristol by my parents. at the age of 12... it all worked out fine, but there's no way i'd be letting J go to a family we knew nothing about with no responsible adult co-ordinating it locally in france. this was through a company, so although there was vetting etc, there was no one local in france if i'd had any issues or there had been any problems! it wasn't like going with school where at least you had a school teacher over there at the same time.
EF - hugs to you xx Fraser will be fine anyway, it's more traumatic for parents. i see sonya's Rosie has had an op recently and has a real shiner to show for it
i cringe at some of the things i did in my 20s. i spent a month in russia and took SUCH risks. this was in the early 90s. i met up with a girl who'd been my penpal, so altho i'd been writing to her, i didn't know her well. she was only early 20s but lived on her own in a flat paid for by her (rich) parents. and she was quite a rebel. one night we went to a club in the middle of nowhere and ended up getting in a car with all these blokes we met and driving off and getting out in a forest. we were all p1ssed (including the lad who was driving) and i was teaching them the lyrics to the songs we had been listening to in the club. nothing happened that was dodgy, but omg really! i was extremely vulnerable: 'rich' English girl (by their standards), had no idea where i was, they could have done anything to me and i'd have had no way of alerting anyone. have no idea how i got back to where i was staying . i guess i probably got back with her to her flat and then somehow made my way back to the woman i was staying with the next day.