Chris first spoke to me about the general idea on the day I came home form hospital after a hip replacement. Tomorrow I go back to work (8 weeks post op) and as I've reached my milestone and a time of reflection, it's 'hit me' how much has been achieved by so many people working together voluntarily, all using their particular expertise to work towards a common goal, helping my son to have every opportunity to follow his dream. Will is in such a privileged position, having the team, sponsors and banner partners having the faith in him to 'Will him on'.
As a parent it's never easy to know what's the best option is for a child, but what I feel sure of is that Will will never regret being given the opportunity to follow his dream, whatever the outcome. Meanwhile apart from the table tennis, he is living abroad independently for weeks at a time, learning languages and studying with the Open University, developing many transferable skills which should stand him in good stead whatever the future brings.
Communication has to be the key to adjustment of life with a young son away. I hadn't realized how reassuring I would find the 'Twitter' tweets on the 'Will Me On' site. During the tournament at the weekend it was wonderful to know exactly what was happening all the time and felt far more involved in the process than usual. This benefit hadn't occurred to me when Chris outlined his plan.
On Wednesday Will comes home again for the Nationals at Sheffield. Time for me to get out and restock the fridge!"