Quite deliberately, we don’t often think too deeply about this but like every dual-nationality couple, wherever we are, one of us will always be a long way away from family. As often as we can afford, holidays are used to travel across seas to return home to spend time with mums and dads, brothers and sisters. These short times are cherished and incredibly precious to both of us.
Last week Atsuko’s father and sister travelled hours and hours (at great expense) to see us and we spent a wonderful few days in London together. Although every day was packed and quite exhausting, it was good for me to get to know them better and great for Atsuko to catch up with them properly; it had been a long time. Atsuko and her sister didn’t stop whispering, talking and laughing together the whole time, it was lovely to see them so happy.