A Parting of the Ways  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
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10/31/2005 8:52 am

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A Parting of the Ways

I love her dearly and yet within a month I shall be leaving her.

We've been together for a long time with only short breaks apart. I've been sent away on business every now and then and I've usually enjoyed the chance to travel but I've always been glad to return to the one that won my heart.

But now it seems our time is through. I can no longer vaccilate. Indecision is no longer an option. The time has come to make a choice and it seems that the only sensible thing to do is to draw two lines beneath our relationship and move on. There's a future out there for me ... and it doesn't involve She That I Have Loved.

"She" is my adopted home city of London and when I start my new job I'll be working permanently outside the city centre for the first time in over 20 years. And, yes, I will miss her.

Oh, I have a love-hate relationship with the city. it can be a dirty, noisy, over-populated, over-expensive, unfriendly place. Yet there's something about this vibrant metropolis that has woven a spell upon me. Others may disagree but I'm with Samuel Johnson: "When a man is tired of London he is tired of life".

No more strolling through St James Park on the way to work, stopping for a chat with the pelicans. No more wandering around Covent Garden with the sounds of the buskers and the string quartet in my ears. No more strolling along the King's Road of a lunchtime, just because I can. No more gazing at the architecture as I walk. No more casually dropping in at a museum or art gallery. No more relaxed dinners between work and the theatre. No more watching the world go by from my favourite tables outside the coffee shops. No more Bond Street, no more Mayfair, no more Regents Park nor Regents Street. No more ... oh, so many no mores.

The new job that is taking me away from this is full of promise and I am thoroughly excited at the prospect of starting. Nonetheless, none of the five locations at which I'll be working is a patch on that which I'm finally leaving. I'll miss London.

Still, I'm not moving away from the area. I guess I can console myself with the fact that though my visits will in future be less frequent, they'll also be more special.


digdug41 49M

10/31/2005 9:32 am

well good luck with the new job and I cant really comment on london I've haven't been there yet

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saddletrampsk 54F

10/31/2005 9:36 am

Ahhhh London..haven't been there since the mid 70s..but no matter where you go it is important to bloom where you are planted..good luck with the new move..

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
10/31/2005 10:21 am

As someone who also works in London I know just how you feel at having to leave. I hope the changes in your job and the challenges they present go some way, if not all the way, to compensate.

GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3044 posts
10/31/2005 12:43 pm

I know how you feel Q, having left my beloved london over 22 years ago.
I return whenever Ryanair lets me , (meaning When I can afford it) , I pay more a day to hire a car to travel around, as my friends and family are widespread, and far flung than Ryanair charges to fly me there and back.

Please do not make the mistake of calling ALL of london, The City of London. The City of London is the well known "Square Mile".

As I was reading I was wondering how you could in a lunch hour get from the City to Kings Road and back, even if there were no traffic!

My first job was in the City , in Cannon Street , I used to walk to St Mary Le Bow church (known for the Bow Bells) and have my lunch there , and on the way home I often used to walk most of the way , passing St. Andrews by the Wardrobe church ( so called because a king , I can't remember which one , we've had so many , used to have a small palace nearby, where he changed his clothes !) and along to Blackfriars Bridge, and followed the Embankment to Westminster Bridge past the houses of Parliament , and then still following the river , to Vauxhall Bridge , then home.
From by birth house , on a quiet night , when the traffic had died down , I could often hear the Westminster Chimes and Big Ben.

I did a lot of my early courting ( yes we called it that in those days) in St.James' Park, and two years ago repeated the same experiance , with the same girlfriend , some 40 years later.

But I'm ramberling on ... again ,
Good Luck in your new job,
and I hope you can find the time to visit the center again and as often as possible, and just wander around , it is always amazing, how many wonderful buildings, old inns and courtyards that can be found, and other little gems, when one takes the time , and is not hurrying to work and back.

freetime648 52F

10/31/2005 1:20 pm

Quiet, you will learn to love again I am sure!!!! Good luck and I hope you are happy!!!!

xx FREETIME648 xx

brightblonde3 58F

10/31/2005 4:17 pm

Q, think of the fun you'll have showing me around your beloved city...introducing it to a newcomer.


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/31/2005 8:17 pm

DigDug ... Ahhhh you should visit. In case you couldn't tell, I think it's a wonderful city! Thanks for the good wishes.

Saddletrampsk ... You too ... if you haven't been here in that long you'd be astonished by how much it's changed (I wonder if I can get a grant from the London Tourist Board for all this publicity). We have edible oils here too, by the way

Warmandsexy ... Oh the job change is an absolute must. I'd be foolish not to pursue this path just because it means leaving my beloved London. But I will miss it ...

GB_Cple ... Please note I always refer to "city" rather than "City"! I guess the distinction might be worth pointing out to some others though. That said, I have made it from the City to Chelsea and back in a lunchtime, albeit with little time at the destination - we have this thing called the Tube I've spent years just wandering ... I agree with you: there are so many little marvels if we only take the time to find them.

Free ... Ah, there's never a love like your first love! Besides, I have to say that there would be few who'd claim to love the places where I'll be working in the future As said above, though, the job itself should be a wonderful step forward for me - I'm going to be happy.

BB3 ... Good point, ma'am! One of the pleasure of London is sharing it

GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3044 posts
11/1/2005 12:16 am

great blog entry Q , it inspires me to write one ,
I will dedicate to you

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