Wednesday, 10 August 2011

a memorable anniversary

A quick blog post today... writing this as we travel from London Liverpool Street to Norwich on the train after a lovely couple of days in Brighton.  I've thoroughly enjoyed our little break on the South Coast and will blog about this once I've post processed the best photos I've taken.

Well it's Matt's 16th birthday tomorrow, an important date in itself, characterized by much cake eating and picture taking, but it's an even more important anniversary today for both of us.

On the 10th of August, 5 years ago, we won a long and extremely difficult court case to allow me to take Matt away with me to start a new life in the UK.  This is something that is not normally allowed back home.  I had to fight for custody for Matt a second time, and Matt had to face a battery of psychological and psychometric testing to allow the judge to decide he was mature enough to speak for himself in front of the court.  This of course did not occur in a normal court sitting, but privately, but was still a major test of courage and determination on Matt's part, something that he could have so easily not been up to.

I have many thanks to give, the people who supported me in all this I continue to be grateful to, particularly to my family who saw me go through a very hard time previous and during the court case.  The lawyer who saw me through this also gets my eternal gratitude, particularly as I had been to other six before this, some took my money and promised me they'd get me to the end of the case, when they had no understanding of my position nor the knowlegde and preseverance needed to get there.  Others were concerned about the possibility of receiving threats and quickly dismssed me.  Others were not bothered to tell me what they thought of me, decided they knew all there was to know and passed judgement on me, telling me they weren't interested in taking up my case.  

5 years down the line, I am happy to report all is well in our little world.  Matt has grown into a handsome young man I am really proud of, and I have adjusted well to the demands that have been placed on me as a sole breadwinner of a small family two (plus our much loved Robster).

Just a few iPhone photos from me today, just because I'm on the train and blogging on the go, and also because these are photos of my dear son, who needs no post processing or image adjustment to look good in my eyes.

To Matt with Love, Mum xxx




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