Should I worry?!

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 23:31
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So daughter.... a mature 25 yo has decided that her last teaching experience round should be more interesting than suburban Melbourne.

So to cap off her teaching course she has asked to be allowed to visit an outback school somewhere in northern NT. The uni has agreed and so she is off....

Driving alone all the way. "It will be so much more useful to have my car."

A little old RAV4, loaded to the roof with supplies and off she goes alone. .....

Just like I do all the time!

Sure she has travelled the outback with me lots of times and had plenty of adventures. She has backpacked overseas a couple of times.

I was worried the first time she brought it up. ..... but after the idea set in, I'm not so sure that it is any less dangerous or adventurous than her 200k drive to Melbourne from here!

Should I be worried?





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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 23:42

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 23:42
What a wonderful opportunity. Did you bring her up to be independent and to be able to look after herself Royce? Sit back and let her live a wonderful life. Probably safer than on the streets of Melbourne.

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 00:10

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 00:10
Yep.. that's what I've decided.

Mind you.... I'm putting together a tour through NSW, Qld and then across through Mt Isa to meet up with her and go onto Darwin where the Brother in law lives. Wife Jen will fly up to meet us there and I might just travel in tandem home unless daughter Caitie decides that she will go another way!!!!
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 06:52

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 06:52
'Otuback school in the NT'

Where exactly?

If its Darwin you'll never see her gain.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:35

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:35
Urapunga was the go to start with, but they require TWO trainie teachers. Daughter is very grumpy about this..

Still waiting on final choice, but will probably be on the highway now... maybe Mataranka.
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Reply By: SteveD - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 07:52

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 07:52
depends on where she is going
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Reply By: Stevo - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 08:17

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 08:17
Of course you should be worried, no matter wher she is going !!!!
Every good father would be!!
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 08:26

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 08:26
Sounds to me Royce like your just being a Dad.

My 20 yr old daughter spent a month in the Dominican Republic just before Christmas. I hardly slept.

Like you I have brought my kids up with a spirit of adventure, encouraging them to use the road less travelled. But then they go and do it!!!!! Without me!!!!!! How can I save them from evil when they are so far away. Well I think you have probably already done it.

You have taught her to respect other people and different points of view, you have taught her to talk and listen to people and to learn from them, you have shown her that just because people speak the same language they are not all the same and that the difference is interesting and good. As a result she knows how to get on with people, how to accept and be accepted graciously.

She will be fine.

I picked my daughter up at the airport, she started talking, verbal diarrhoea, and continued to talk without inhaling for about 4 hours, then she fell asleep. She has grown up, and learned a bit more independence.

She actually needs me less but I think she appreciates me more.

Yeah you should be worried about your daughter but not because she will be in danger or out of her depth, you should worry because you are her Dad.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:36

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:36
My experience too.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 08:56

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 08:56
Good on you Royce,

You are being the good father. My 23 & 26 year old sons have done the same with us and travelled and they always come back safe. But you can't stop worrying, part of being a parent. My parents look at us with a smile, been there, done that with us, and they reckon they still worry about me travelling.

I think I would be more concerned if I wasn't worried, worry is a sign of a good relationship.

We insist they sms us every day, and we get 1 or 2 a week if we are lucky :o) Of course it is different when we are on a trip!
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:38

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:38
I'll be in daily contact where possible, as I travel in parallel up through NSW and Qld.. then we'll meet up for a bit in Darwin.
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:06

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:06
As others have already said, it's just part of being a dad. My son was working in Norway and the UK and I worried. Now he's travelling 200K to and from work in Brisbane and I still worry.
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Reply By: Member - Clare S (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 13:53

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 13:53
With me it is the other way around. I travel on my own and my son rings me every night if I'm in mobile range to check I'm OK
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 15:39

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 15:39
Isn't it great; living long enough to be a worry to your kids! 8-)

It come's with the motto:

"Remember that I am GOD": Growing Old Disgracefully! :-D
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