This is a reflective poem / song on our eldest girl, Kate's upcoming departure to Massey University next Wednesday. She will be studying Human Nutrition.
It was not specifically written for her as it was done several years ago. I'm sure many of you can identify with friends and family leaving whether temporary or permanently. There is a sadness and a feeling of loss!
I know Kate is going to be just up the road 100 km [60 miles] but it is hard even for fathers to see their baby grow up and leave the family home. I do expect we will however see Kate regularly as I'm sure it will be a big move for her after being in the family home for 19 years.
Don't Stay Away Long
It seems so short the time we've spent
How quickly passed by...came and went
With grateful thanks...best wishes sent
Bid you farewell...heartfelt meant
We'll miss you while gone
Don't stay away long
Walking life's highways you journey on
Come back soon...where you belong
A tower of strength your presence brought
Deeply relied on...so much you've taught
Sharing together we've greatly learnt
Knowledge gained...respect have earnt
Although with sadness we say good-bye
Believing and hoping...only a short while
We'll be waiting here with welcoming smiles
When weary from travelling long distant miles
Come back soon where you belong