Remember way back in April we found out that my daughter will spend all of 2008 in France? Today we found out exactly where she will be. In a tiny village called Pithon, which is just outside the town of Ham. (Is it just me or did this make you think ‘python’ and ‘spam’?)
We google-earthed it. (that’s a verb, isn’t it?) She will be 150km out of Paris, 2 hours from England, half an hour from Belgium and Luxemburg and the Netherlands. The area looks quite rural. Ham has only five and half thousand people and Pithon is much smaller.
Tomorrow she has to meet with her sponsoring rotary club. There should have been a clue for me in the name of the club. It is called ‘daybreak’. Guess what time they meet? We need to be dressed and happy at a meeting that begins at 6:30am. That is in the morning…in the school holidays…!!
This weekend she will attend a camp to meet lots of incoming and outgoing students. One of the girls living in Townsville at the moment is on exchange from Pithon. My daughter is looking forward to meeting her and has lots of questions. There are other students going to France who have been in email contact with her, so she is looking forward to meeting them in person too.
Next year my parents were hoping to go to Villers-Bretonneux; a site of military significance to Australian soldiers in World War One. My father is a returned soldier (from a different conflict), so he wanted to go there and pay his respects. Unbelievably Villers-Bretonneux is 52km from Pithon. So they will visit my daughter and Villers-Bretonneux at the same time.
It is starting to feel like a reality. Soon she will be gone, living a fabulous life and having a ball!