Happy 9th Birthday

Happy 9th birthday, son.  Another year has gone by.  I hope that your day is filled with joy.  It is almost impossible to believe that you, a two year old and the threshold of becoming a 3 year old when you were taken from the UK, are now halfway to adulthood.  Time passes very quickly and the older you get the greater appreciation of this you will get.

When I was about your age one of my uncles bought me a digital watch.  This was back in the late 80s and I even remember, although it did not occur to me to do so at the time, that it was a Japanese brand.  Anyway I hope you like the watch I chose for you; I tried to choose the best one I could find.

In the package, I also enclosed a camera device which you can do lots of things with.  I am sure that you can make much better use of it that I would – there are so many things I cannot do on my phone and PC.  Your great Grandma gave me a camera (her own) around the same time as I got the watch so again I thought that this would be a good time to get you something similar.

I hope the package makes it to you today, if it has not already done so – the tracking (see below) seems to suggest that it has been stuck in Kawasaki since Saturday although based on past experience the tracking service is not properly updated in Japan.

Have a good day.  I will post a message again to you soon.


Update:  4 December 2017:  The package was delivered at about 5pm local time on your birthday itself, 28 November 2017 (see immediately below):

Birthday 2017 tracking (2)



3 thoughts on “Happy 9th Birthday

  1. Hi Richard. I have been reading your posts for a long time. Absolutely heartbreaking. My son was illegally abducted by his mother to Nicaragua in 2013. I have barely seen him since. Before Nicaraguan authorities even processed my Hague Convention application (which they treated as a joke), they set my child support obligation at 90% of my salary. When I was in Nicaragua in 2015 trying to see my son, I was sentenced to a year in prison because I only had paid 25% og my salary (which is the maximum under Nicaraguan law). I miss my son profoundly. Your posts to our son resonates with me very much. I too have a website in which I have tried to keep in touch with my son: henrikandpappa.me. He was 11 when he was abducted, and now he is 16. I am hoping he will soon be able to make some decisions himself and reunite with me and his family. I wish you the best of luck Richard and your son Hugo. You are obviously a devoted father.

    • Hello

      First of all many thanks for following the blog and for posting yesterday. I am faced having to celebrate my 40th birthday later this week without my son so it is heartening to me in the thoughts of others at this time particularly.

      I was most sorry to learn of your situation and although I have read and heard about many such accounts, it is truly shocking, frightening indeed, that you were sentenced to a period imprisonment despite doing the right thing and despite in turn the way you have been treated in terms of contact with your son. Some countries don’t even pretend to play by the rules. In the case of my son and Japan, it has more to do with traditional rejection of co-parenting than anything else, not helped by an extreme reluctance to enforce orders as to contact when they are made.

      I read through some of your website last night and will be bound to return to it – there are several such sites that I keep track of. Please keep updating it as one day your son will be able to read it for himself and it will make a difference that it has been regularly updated over a period of time. It is also important that given the age your son was when he was abducted he of course knows you (mine was barely aged 3) and that will make a difference also once he is confident enough to have further contact with you as he gets older. Someone once said to be and I think it is right that one day my son will blame his abductor. In the fullness of time therefore I hope that it will be Henrik that puts right what the law has failed to.

      I would be happy with your agreement to add your site to the list of links on my own blog. Also if ever you find yourself in or near London do get in touch and I would be happy to meet for a drink.

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