Well, yesterday Cloud and I made emotional aurevoirs to his parents as they plot the last stage of their departure for New Zealand. Their plan is that they will get residency there and can live near to Cloud's bro and sis-in-law and their two kids (Grace and James). Whatever happens, Cloud and I plan to go out there next spring to visit. By then, his parents will probably know if they can get residency or not. So they may be in their own place even!
Anyway, it all felt very odd saying "bye" when in practice we'll probably only be missing out on 2 or 3 visits we would have made to see them between now and next spring. And yet, and yet.... especially as I'm now without relatives, it feels very strange to say "bye" to parental figures.
All in all, a bit draining: but looking at the bright side, next year we will get a spectacular holiday!