In an ideal world, it would be the temperature it is now in Abu Dhabi all year round. As most of Europe freezes under a hideous cold spell, we spend our time outside playing tennis, walking, even doing yoga on the beach.
For the children, especially little Leo, it is a dream. Another day, another sporting activity.
Last weekend we headed off to Al Ain, a town about an hour east of Abu Dhabi, for a rugby tournament and Leo, team captain, proudly carried the cup. Here he is with the other young Harlequins.
This is a great place for a future sporting legend to grow up. Every break at school they play outside. Every afternoon in our compound Leo plays catch, rugby and football with the other kids. Several times a week we head to the tennis courts. On Fridays he and Rupert head to the golf course.
Since we realised Leo is left-handed I harboured a not-so-secret desire for him to become a professional tennis player. I imagined him winning Wimbledon and clambering up to hug me a la Borg. I envisioned myself following him around the world to various sunny spots, proudly watching as he picks up another trophy.
But I fear it is not to be. If he is going to excel in any sport, it is football. His coach told us at training last week that he thinks he is good enough to be a possible for the Qatar World Cup in 2022. Oh well, at least he will be used to the conditions…..
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2011