16 months ago the Brodts descended upon Edinburgh to visit their son (that's me, once again contributing my superb writing style to this blog) and new daughter-in-law (that's Sinéad, the wordsmith in the family). Oh how time flies, because wouldn't you know it, they were back again for another visit! The regular crew of 3 were joined this time by Kadence, my brother's girlfriend who, until she arrived, Sinead and I had only met a handful of times. It was quickly confirmed that she would be a welcome addition to the troop as we were met with enthusiastic hugs and smiles.
Now I should mention that I will try my best not to go into full detail of the families visit as I do not want to subject anyone to my ramblings but I should warn you that over the 10 day period over 1000 photos were taken, so whittling this whole thing down is proving to be difficult. But I digress.
It's amazing how quickly one can fall back into the comforts of family life, as a mere 10 minutes after the first hugs were exchanged my family sat around the table and caught up over dinner. That's the beauty of these visits. They may be short but they are concentrated, making everything a bit more special. Again to speed things up I will sum the days up in point form.
It goes without saying that my family's visit was a bit bittersweet. With all the joy comes a little sadness as on Day 10 we once again waved goodbye. I've realised quite quickly that goodbyes do not get easier. Not when you really don't want to say goodbye. It was another fantastic visit and one that I will hold just as dear as the last. Thanks again Brodts (and of course Kadence) for making the trek out here, it meant the world to Sinéad and me. See you in December.