Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

Expat kids: When friends leave

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When my son is in pain, I feel it, too.

And I don’t mean in an empathetic sort of a way: When he’s in pain, I really am in pain, too.

I first noticed it when he was six months old and he rolled head-first off the bed onto the hard bedroom floor. While he recovered after a long burst of screaming, I had a headache all night. You could discount that as brought on by the stress of the accident, but it’s not the only time it’s happened.

Last week, I let DS have a Polo mint in the car. I know, I know, you don’t need to tell me what an idiotic decision that was. Two minutes later, as I hit 130kph on Emirates Rd, I realised there was no sucking or crunching to be heard from the back seat. Just a muffled, “Hurts. Mummy, hurts,” as DS clawed at his throat.

Pulling over and ripping open the back door to check he could still breathe, I felt the choking, burning pain that getting a Polo stuck in your throat would produce. I could even taste the mint. My psychosomatic sore throat lasted long after he stopped complaining about his. (DS survived – though he won’t be having any more Polos till he’s at least 30.)

We had joy, we had fun, we had a season in the sun...

But it was last night that I’ve felt the most pain on behalf of my son. At 8am tomorrow, his best friend will be on a one-way flight to the States. DS and his buddy have known each other for a year – and, in a two-year-old’s life, that’s a long time.

Best Friend lives about 10 houses down from us; the two boys are in the same class at nursery, and they play in the park together every single day, squealing with excitement when they see each other.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep because I was so sad for DS. Today, when we said goodbye to BF and his mum for the last time, she and I both knowing we’ll never see each other again, I shed a quiet tear.

But how I’m going to break the news to DS tomorrow, when he realises his friend is no longer there, I’ve really no idea.

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Written by mrsdubai

October 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

5 Responses

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  1. Oh no, I’m upset for you too now, and WHY did you have to quote that song under the image?… *sobs*

  2. I felt a knot in my throat on your behalf too…

    masteringbabel

    October 18, 2011 at 3:31 am

  3. i’d like to know more about what it is like for to live in dubai. can you tell me your own experience. i live in ethiopia.

    choosingapen

    November 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

    • Hello, you can gather a lot about my experience from reading older blog posts. I love Dubai and have been very happy here. Was there something specific you’d like to know? xox

      mrsdubai

      November 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm


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