Hi – we’re the Jackson 4. We’re preparing to uproot and leave our home in North London to begin a new adventure in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We’ve lived in London for most of our lives (apart from Alex’s upbringing in the Essex wilderness). We met here, got engaged and married here, had kids here. Our family and friends are just round the corner. So is the local Tesco where I can get my Haribo Starmix fix.
We’re going into this with our eyes open. It’s an incredible opportunity but we know it’s going to be tough. The relocation process is daunting, and once we’re out there it will take some time before we’re all set up and settled in. I’m sure most of the time we’ll love it – the outdoors lifestyle, a new environment and culture, discovering new places, the benefits that come with a novel accent… But on other days we may wish we were just like everyone else. Or we’ll find the distance from the people we love particularly tough. There’ll probably be occasions when we wonder why we ever made the move in the first place.
We decided to write a blog so we can capture what we’re going through – our thoughts, fears and hopes – let people in on our experiences, and look back at these memories to see how far we’ve come.
And let’s face it, in a household where the females outnumber me 3:1, this blog may be the only way to get my point across without being outvoted, interrupted or ignored altogether.