As we begin a new year my thoughts inevitably migrate to my family’s move to Oxford. We arrived a few minutes after midnight on New Years Eve exactly 2 years ago at what was to be our new home, in Oxford. A small rented house full of boxes filled with our dearest and most essential possessions. We knew we were moving to a beautiful, historical city but beyond that we had no idea what to expect. It was a huge leap of faith to move an entire family to an unknown city with the only certainty being that our boys would be starting a new primary school in a matter of days.
When I think back to those days I am reminded of how important it is to have faith that the circumstances of our lives are there to help us learn and grow every day and that by embracing change rather than resisting it we open ourselves to experiences we never imagined possible. How enriching this is!!
Now 2 years on, I look at my boys with their cycle helmets and school bags on their backs as they get on their bikes, preparing to set off for a new and exciting day at secondary school, saying goodbye to me in fluent English and informing me that they will be home at this time or that time because of art club, choir practice, trampoline club, design technology club…… followed by my husband who sets off on his bike into Summertown to go to his new job in a science lab… and as I put on my helmet and prepare to cycle down to teach what I love I realize that