Ever since our youngest son Lewis was ten years old he’s been telling people that he would go out New Zealand to play rugby when he left school.
In the intervening eight years we’ve humoured him with the good old Scottish double positive “aye right”.
Well the boy has proved us all wrong as he sets out for eight months in Christchurch, NZ at the end of this month to work and play rugby with Christchurch Old Boys. Following on from his brother’s example he’s organised the entire thing himself and the hospitality and support shown by the people out there has been nothing short of remarkable.
I suppose we shouldn’t really be surprised as he has an amazing ability to focus on his goals. If his experience is as successful as his brother’s then my support for gap years – particularly for boys – will be stronger than ever.
We’re really going to miss him but I’m hoping that we can get out there next summer. Anybody looking for a speaker on Scottish education?