Dec 21

I’ve been back in New Orleans three days now. I left on November 18. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun?

I did have a great vacation on the other side of the Pond though, as indeed I always do. But it was funny this visit, because it was as if someone had flicked a switch in my head. For the first time it actually felt like I was visiting and not returning home.

For instance, I got lost trying to find my grandmother’s nursing home and had to call my mum for directions. I must have been there hundreds of times. Other things I had forgotten about or I was confused by. Maybe six years is the cut-off point and after that things start to slip away and fade from your memory. Or (more likely) I’m just getting old.

It snowed a couple of days after we arrived in Belfast and it didn’t lift for three weeks. Honestly. We didn’t get that much more snow, it was simply that the temperature hardly rose above freezing and it never got the chance to thaw. Although this gave my three-year-old daughter the opportunity to do stuff that she will never, ever be able to do in Louisiana, like build a snowman and have snowball fights, being cooped up all day every day also took its toll. On me, not her.

It must be a sign of advancing years, and I know it’s a cliche, but this year has flown by. And that’s what it feels like when I’m a stay-at-home dad – God knows how time must speed if you had a job and were busy working every day. It hasn’t helped that a few of the old guard, guys who were with the Finn’s football team originally, have retired this year. Now I’m almost the oldest out of more than 40 players. My days are numbered…

Anyway, I would like to thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have found this site because you bought my book and liked it, but if you found your way from or some other avenue that’s great too. We are all friends here.

I wish y’all / youse a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2011. Cheers.

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