Boxed up


In just over two weeks I will be up in the air again. Flying high above the Atlantic Ocean. A stranger will be sleeping in my bed. She will have no idea of the dreams that came to me in the small hours.

I will no longer be seen sitting outside on a Saturday morning, steaming coffee in hand, writing, and watching the Geese fly by. No more leaning-over-the-railings chats with my friendly neighbours. I will never get to see the opening of the giant school that popped up and suddenly blocked my view of Canary Wharf.

Memories of walking home in the dark from the Closing Ceremony that beautiful summer will never leave me – A spectacle that burnt it’s way into my heart forever.

I watched the communal lawn being cut short, only to be covered in a blanket of crisp white snow a few weeks later.

Loved ones entered my home to dance and talk and drink and laugh and cry and eat and read and sleep. Every wall, a witness to a chapter of life.

I ran along the canal and pulled a muscle. I cooked Sunday brunch and burnt my finger. I woke up sleepy in the early hours of a morning and stubbed my toe on the way to the bathroom.

All these things make up a collection of memories that I will never forget.

And as I seal up the final box with brown packing tape, I can’t help but wonder what lies in store 5,885 miles away…

8 thoughts on “Boxed up

  1. Wait! I've missed something. Where are you going? Sorry if it's my memory that's at fault!

    So you can imagine my confusion when I read that a stranger would be sleeping in your bed. I thought, “Oh, have you gotten lucky?”


  2. Haha, that made me chuckle! No such luck…
    I am leaving London for a bit and going to Brazil for a few months. I have never been before and so excited. Don't worry, it's not your memory mister…I haven't written about it yet. 🙂 Your blog will keep me entertained on my travels.


  3. All the best, Jeff, on your sojourn to Brazil. Sounds like an amazing adventure. Can you provide any more details –that is, are you going for work, etc.–or do you want to keep that private? At any rate, I hope it's a wonderful experience for you and an exciting time of discovery. I look forward to reading your blog posts while you're there.


  4. Hello my darling. You are in my heart always. I will be thinking of you all the time, keeping you safe in my heart. Have a wonderful adventure my lovely bro. I will send you constant telepathic messages of I LOVE YOU. Till we meet again my little man. x


  5. Thanks Rick! I've finally arrived…I am staying with a friend in Sao Paulo until the end of January. Will be travelling about a bit and writing. Thought it was time to have a bit of a life laundry and make an exciting new plan. Hope you are well my friend!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s