Tayo continues to do well. He is still into his sport and represents his secondary school in cricket and rugby. Although we haven’t seen him since, we have spoken on the phone.
Tayo’s phone calls have gradually tailed off as he has become more involved in his new life. I expected this; it is normal and a good sign he is settling well. The last phone call was in April 2009 when he said he would visit us if he came to England (which he hopes to do when he leaves school). In July I received a Facebook friend’s request from him and his family, so we are all officially friends! I was able to view lots of lovely photographs of the great life he is leading in Africa with his family.
We haven’t heard from Tayo since the Facebook request. It wouldn’t be considered appropriate for me to phone him now as this could unsettle him. I can view his photos on Facebook which is lovely. He looks a smashing young man who clearly has a great circle of friends and fine family.
Tayo is eighteen now and we are still ‘Facebook friends’. I know from the photographs he shares with me and his other many friends that he is still into sport in a big way. He followed the Olympics and Paralympics on television and regularly posted on his Facebook wall how much he admired those who had participated. Although he hasn’t contacted me directly I am sure if he and his family are ever in this country they will certainly visit us.
Tayo emailed me through Facebook which was a lovely surprise. Among other things he told me he is going to college in September to study sport psychology and he has a steady girlfriend.
Tayo emailed, he is coming to this country for a holiday – probably in November – and wants to meet up. Great excitement here.
Yesterday we saw Tayo for the first time in nine years! He is nineteen and a big lad but I would have recognized him anywhere. He and his friend have taken a gap year before going to university and they are travelling. They had come over on the ferry from France, having spent three months in Europe and are now travelling through England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Adrian, Lucy and Paula came with me and we met him and his friend for dinner. It was very emotional as you can imagine. I was surprised by how much he remembered of his time with us, and also touched by the kind things he said. His father asked to be remembered to us and renewed his invitation to visit him and his family if we are ever in Nigeria.
Congratulations to Tayo who has just graduated.