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22 February 2014

SHERROCKSMONTHLY

Neo wrestles with a love of some things French and a desire to be reunited with his mum and sisters

Dad, I love croissants but couldn’t we have got them on the IoM? By John Sherrocks

Why would a man, who is about to cross over to the wrong side of 50, give up a secure, reasonably well-paid job in the Isle of Man to move to a country whose language he doesn't speak? It's a question my wife Tess has asked insistently ever since I proposed we move to France. Hopefully this column will provide her with a satisfactory answer. If not, I'm in big trouble given that I'm already living in the land of the tricolour in the belief that she and our three young children will be joining me shortly. She asks a good question. Sure, the sun shines a lot in the southwest of France, the wine's cheap and the cheese is good - but those are reasons for holidaying there, not for uprooting a family. And Tess blew her top at my somewhat flippant suggestion

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that we view the move as an adventure. She's right of course. The likes of Richard Branson can afford to live an adventurer's life. As a journalist I have no money to speak of and the unplanned arrival of our only son eight months ago means that I will be working for as long as anyone is prepared to employ me. Tess loves the Isle of Man which has been our home for the past seven years. We left our birthplace South Africa 10 years ago because we felt it had become too dangerous. Our ports of call ahead of settling in the Isle of Man were Aberdeen and London. We both agreed that the Island was a perfect place in which to bring up a family. Nothing had changed in that regard so why the move?

Tess wasn't alone in thinking it was an extreme manifestation of a mid-life crisis. One wellintentioned friend even suggested that I have an affair instead. "It would be kinder on Tess," he said. Most of my other friends tactfully avoided expressing an honest opinion. When pressed by Tess to proffer a view, they described my decision as "brave". Was it "brave"? I felt it was the only choice left open to me. Although, as the day of my departure drew nearer I did start seriously questioning my judgement. The sudden realisation of just what I would be giving up helped concentrate my mind on the big question. My answer is a two-parter: there are the secondary considerations and then there is the primary reason for putting my family


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through what is likely to be a traumatic period of adjustment. The secondary factors include wanting us to experience a new way of life on the Continent, wanting our children to be able to speak at least two languages fluently when they leave school and, rather selfishly, a desire to travel more. As a family, the high cost of getting on and off the Island considerably restricted travel in Europe. The primary reason for the move is that I am in search of a better work/life balance. To achieve that I needed another job. During my three years as editor of Isle of Man Newspapers I could not have wished for a more supportive boss or better colleagues. The job is stressful - that's part of its attraction. Unfortunately, I was taking my stresses home. And as much as I cherished the title of editor I didn't want it on my gravestone, along with "died of a heart attack at 55". Nor, more importantly, did I value it over my family. There are many newspaper editors who live to ripe old ages in happy marriages but I didn't think that I was going to be one them. I didn't want to leave the newspaper world if I could avoid it. Returning to South Africa was not an option as it is no less dangerous than it was a decade ago, and neither of us wanted to live in the UK. The French job involves working remotely on Irish newspapers essentially it's an offshore operation. It's a risky move. But then again, the biggest regret octogenarians have, according to a survey, is not taking enough risks during their lives. Hopefully I've answered Tess's question satisfactorily. I still don't have an answer to the question that's been plaguing me: is the move in the best interests of my entire family? I hope so, but only time will tell.

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Tess and I will keep you updated on that and how long it takes before we cave in and visit the expat pub in our new village, in a series of monthly columns. Type to enter text

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