Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hodmandod Major's Job

Hodmandod Major has found a job. It has taken several months since graduating in the summer. It is hard these days. But he has a job in Manchester so he will be leaving home. Finally, absolutely, leaving home. No longer a student coming home in the vacations but a man with his own place away from here. He will be gone and everything will change. I am glad because it is the natural order of things. Children leave home and it is right that they do. They move away, become independent and I would wish nothing else for him. But he will be gone. Just three places at the table. It will take some time for us all to get used to this.


Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

Bittersweet time Clare but it is not his time to fly. Congrats to Hodmandod Major!

Tue Dec 19, 11:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Tammy - bittersweet - that's exactly what it is. Thanks for the congrats, I shall pass them on to H Major.

Tue Dec 19, 11:26:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the parent of a 15-year-old girl, I have often thought of this moment with mixed dread and relief. She has already received a national insurance card. (Very different from "my day" when it was on a faint, mingily A5-sized bit of thin paper -- these days it is like a credit card.)

I am sure you must be feeling conflicted about this, but let me add my congratulations -- well done to him for getting the job. I hope it is one he likes, one's job is such a source of satisfaction if one can find the right one. I think of the MP (mad professor) in our house, happily struggling with how crossbridges work for more years than we all can count. He'll continue to be happy thinking about these little objects until he goes to his grave.

Wed Dec 20, 04:13:00 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

I'm pleased for Hmaj, and pleased for you. You may be surprised how quickly you adjust to your own growing independence.

Thu Dec 21, 06:30:00 am  
Blogger Kay Cooke said...

Without sounding trite - I hear what you are saying! When they leave there's a definite sound of something ripping - I conjecture, however, it's a sound detected only by a mother's ears.

I made a comment in reply to yours on my blog, about the name hodmandod - but I see I wasn't right in my spelling - however, if you look u hodman and od there is a sweet little picture that comes to mind. I thought it appropriate given your down-to-earth, scientific bent! However nothing to do with snails, so I fear I was on the wrong track!

Thu Dec 21, 11:50:00 pm  
Blogger Jonathan Wonham said...

That's good news. Is he doing something related to physics?

Thu Dec 21, 11:55:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will do you proud, Clare, and he will always have a place at our table!

Best always & especially at this Christmastime,


Fri Dec 22, 06:44:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Maxine - it seems such a sort time since we brought him home from hospital - hardly any time at all. I think his job will bring him satisfaction although he is not really academic. He will be using his physics though I am pleased to say.

Jonathan: he is in technical services for a firm making science equipment for educational establishments. His first job is to go to the Association in Science Education meeting(which by coincidence is the one I went to this time last year as speaker).

Lee, CB and CFR: Thank you - I shall pass your congratulations on!

Sat Dec 23, 12:39:00 pm  

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