Month: September 2016

Alea iacta est

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I am leaving the country in four days. I leave with only two regrets…that I was unable to reconcile with my wife, and I will be 3,700 miles from my new family, the Murray’s. C’est la vie.

The jeep is sold. Like an old boxer her skills were fading from the years and the miles. The jabs and crosses were wearing the old girl down. In the right hands (and I think this young fellow has them) new life can be breathed into her. I am hoping she lives as long or longer than I do.

Without Clare and Gordon putting me up and putting up with me these last six months I don’t know what I would have done.

I am packed, paperwork is done, I have several apartments to look at as soon as I get to Granada and I can’t wait until that plane door closes behind me.

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In a way…

its been a very interesting year. And by that I mean the last 12 months. I learned I have a vast tolerance for suffering (the Irish way), I learned I have another family, I learned my capacity for love is almost limitless (don’t know where that came from, maybe the Reilly’s) and I learned that I have one more sister who loves me as much as I love her.

Nicaragua

Our latest attempt to patch things up crashed and Byrned. So it is off to Nica on the 1st of October. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America but the beauty of people and the country itself is priceless.

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My sister

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They say we look alike…I disagree, she is beautiful, I am disgusting.

Just another day

I don’t know where to begin. This whole year has been very interesting…

A crumbling marriage, a new family, plans to retire to Nicaragua and now a separated wife who may or may not want to give it another shot.

Through the magic of DNA (and a lot of pure homemade luck) I have been (re)united with a family I did not know existed for 65 years. I haven’t met all of them but the ones I did went from total strangers to old friends in the time it takes to say hello brother…hello sister. Getting to know them has been perhaps the most exciting thing I have ever done.

My wife has found out that greener pastures might be chock full of weeds. While she has not asked me back yet it sure sounds like she might. My answer will be yes, a thousand times yes.

In case she doesn’t ask I still have that one way ticket to Nicaragua on the 29th of September.