At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
http://www.zinzins.net/disneyland_weekend_2011.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/peace_train.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/manutd_v_barca.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/xmas_&_alex_birthday.htm.
Dennis Cruise used to say that two supposedly natural functions were completely unnatural, childbirth and teething. Well, we add another: the process of separating parent and child.
It is unnatural in that it is very hard for the parent to let go. The child seems to want to do so, but the process is so emotionally charged that it is hard to be sure.
Nick was our first mover. Here he is on the left with his buddy Gael visiting from outside Paris, near Le Tahu. Here's a couple of an earlier version of Gael. For that matter, here are a few of an earlier version of Nick.
They are sitting on the porch of the house that he moved into, near the Santa Cruz Wharf. Cell phone, cigarettes, eyes needing toothpicks to stay open, no shoes, those were the days!! (Fortunately, we parents haven't entirely forgotten our misspent young adulthoods!).
On the left is the house that he moved into during the summer of 2005 with the Pacific Ocean about 200 yards away and the Boardwalk and West Cliff both within easy reach.
On the right is how you can tell that some of the good things in the area are close. Nick may have moved out, but that didn't stop us going to see him. This little group, including Maeve Rabinovici as well as Alban and Alex, is waiting (on the porch again) to go to the Boardwalk on a summer's early evening. We also visited to play soccer because the house was 100 yards away from Depot Field, the best soccer field in town.
Nick then went back to live with his mom in Paris for the first half of 2007, working hard to save up the money to move back to Santa Cruz and returning for Tom's High School graduation. He stayed with us for a couple of months, moved into a condo in town for about five months and then, disillusioned with a predatory roommate, moved back in with us again for another few months. He'd rather be independent, but the real world has its challenges. Between his college courses at Cabrillo and part-time programmer's job, not forgetting the requisite after-hours occupations, he keeps pretty busy.
Daphné too is only half still living with us. She too divides her time between college courses and a part-time job, not to forget the requisite distractions, which in her case include a steady beau. She is home no more than Nick, and sometimes less, and recently started envisaging actually moving out.
Moving out is a long and complicated process, which has already advanced (and retreated!) in two different ways in our house.
Alban and Tom finished High School in 2007. Tom has gone back to live with his mum in Paris for the first half of 2008, maybe longer. Alban has already started at Cabrillo, the local junior college, but is not showing any inclination to spread his wings. Not that we parents are viewed as anything of value, but free housing has its attractions! When $400 a month is the minimum for a room in a shared house, we do sympathize. That's a lot of hours of work. But one day, . . . .
This page is a part of our family history. Others include the family's blending, Charlie's arrival and then Alex's, not to forget our wedding in there somewhere and their baptism. Moving to the US, and specifically to Santa Cruz, are also included, as is the terrible period of judicially enforced separation that took two years to resolve. Finally, and logically enough pretty close before this slowly evolving moving out, the first high school graduations.
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban