Thursday, 18 September 2008

Dark times

If you're wondering why I've been silent for a bit, well, there's a reason for it. Completely out of the blue, my husband's airline went bust - and that was it, nada. No pay for the month, no redundancy - in fact, nothing.

We find ourselves completely at sea. The industry in the UK is really in trouble at the moment (even the big boys are making big losses and redundancies) so my husband's chances of getting a new job over here in the near future are slim.

I heard a quote on the radio this morning that I really related to - "the darkest hour is the hour before the dawn". Well, that's how I feel now, that when you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere further to go. I hope and pray we see a little speck of light soon.

And, in that spirit, I thought I'd compile a list of ten things that make me happy, money or no money.

1) My husband. I still thank God every day that I met him and that we're together. He makes every day magic, even in the darkest of times.
2) Our parents. We're so blessed to have loving, caring parents who we know will be there for us whatever happens in life. They will always be on our side, and we know it.
3) Our dog. Animals are so wonderful, aren't they? When you need them most, they just seem to know.
4) Music. It's free to make and free to listen to, and it brings us both a lot of joy.
5) Food. Well, obviously it costs a little to buy, but it's a huge pleasure to craft and a delight to eat. And who can beat chocolate and crisps?!
6) Snow. I love snow, and frost. Frosty English days when the sun's shining are among my favourites.
7) Sun. In the same vein, of course, there's nothing quite like standing with the sun on your face, feeling all that energy getting inside you. Totally rejuvenating.
8) Christmas. I totally love Christmas. The music, the decorations, the food, and yes, the pressies, although they're no biggie. I wish the atmosphere stayed all year long.
9) Reading - there's nothing like the escapism you get in a book.
10) And last but definitely not least, my friends. Wow, they're an amazing bunch of people, and they've been supporting us so incredibly since the news came through. I can only hope that if they ever need my help, I come through for them like they've come through for us. It certainly is true that you find out who your true friends are in a crisis.

And there's another phrase that keeps running through my head at the moment - "if you're going through hell, keep going".

That's exactly what we're going to do.


  1. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that he finds something else soon!

  2. There's a shortage of both pilots and health workers over here in Australia. Don't know how long the shortage of pilots is going to last though. Just across the street from us two nurses from the UK moved in last week. And they brought the dog over.

  3. I'm sorry for what you are going though, I can't really be of any help but know my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  4. Julien,

    Thanks for that. Unfortunately Australia has "protected" pilot jobs for Australian citizens, so British pilots can't get work there. If only...

  5. I'm very sorry for you. Which airline is it? We just had this conversation last night. What if ...

    I see you have linked to my story on the Life and Strife. This is the time when you stick your head in a bucket and scream...

  6. Oh I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope he finds something soon.

    We have a friend who is an American citizen and moved here to Sydney about 2 years ago and is now flying for REX (regional express). So... while there may be hurdles, it is possible for foreigners to fly in Australia.

  7. Sorry to hear about the job loss. My favorite quote, the one that has gotten me through the past year is by Zora Neale Hurston (a writer)- There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

    Good Luck!

  8. Sending you hugs ... just know that you are not alone and we are all here to do whatever we can to help you get through ... even if it's just to listen :)

  9. sorry I am late to the party ... I hope things turn around soon for you **hugs** ... I have been there twice ... who knows what better things may be around the corner??!!!!

  10. I am so sorry to hear this, I know that pilot wives unfortunatley are all too familar with job loss. that is why God made us so strong!I hope he finds something soon.




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